Iran will in 2003 begin to block exports of carpets that do not meet quality standards, the Kayhan newspaper said Thursday, April 12.
The decision to regulate the exports of both machine-made and hand-woven carpets will go into effect March 21, 2003, the start of the Iranian year, the newspaper said.
The decision was taken by the Center for Export Development, which also imposed stricter rules on dyes and other products used to make carpets or thread.
The center also called for better training for artisans, while Kayhan said the carpet industry would have more regulations imposed soon by the country's Organization for Industrial Standards.
Iran has long been renowned for carpets, but over the past years sales have been declining faced with a slip in carpet quality and competition from neighboring countries. — (AFP, Tehran)
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