The hand-woven carpets produced in the southeastern Iranian region of Sistan have been registered internationally by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Present at a recent ceremony to register the rug was Head of Iran’s National Carpet Centre Hamid Kargar who said hand-made carpets in 47 regions in Iran have been registered nationally and the carpets woven in 29 other regions have been registered internationally.

“The cases registered have been recognized at the World Intellectual Property Organization,” he said.

“Hand-woven carpets have always been known as one of our country’s key non-oil export items, and an important non-oil product, per se,” he said, according to a Farsi report by ISNA.

“Hand-made carpets remain a reliable source of forex revenues,” the official noted.

He said the hand-woven carpet sector plays a key role in creating jobs, too, and is a reliable source of income at times of drought in different parts of the country.

“In the distant past, carpet weaving was as source of income in addition to husbandry and agriculture, and these years when we are facing drought, it can help in creating jobs,” he underlined.

The official further said plans are set in motion to nationally register the hand-woven carpets produced by the Iranian Baluch ethnic group.

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