Seals of excellence granted to works by Tehran crafters

January 7, 2022 - 22:53

TEHRAN – 32 quality works handcrafted by the natives of Tehran province have gained the national seals of excellence, the deputy provincial tourism has said.

A panel of national juries picked the winners from a shortlist of 43 handicrafts, Parvaneh Heydari said on Friday.

The selected works include personal ornamentation, paper-maché, traditional lock, Kilim carpet, filigree, Batik technique of wax-resist dyeing, and embossed metalwork, the official added.

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first globally for the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council, as China with seven entries, Chile with four, and India with three ones come next.

The value of Iran’s handicrafts exports stood at $120 million during the first eleven months of the past Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – February 18, 2021), Mehr reported. The country’s handicrafts exports slumped during the mentioned months in comparison to the same period last a year earlier due to the damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on global trade.

The Islamic Republic exported $427 million worth of handicrafts during the first eleven months of the calendar year 1398. Of the figure, some $190 million was earned via suitcase trade (allowed for customs-free and tax-free transfer) through 20 provinces, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Ceramics, pottery vessels, handwoven cloths as well as personal ornamentations with precious and semi-precious gemstones are traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the U.S., the UK, and other countries.


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