Iran is planning to hold the third Biennial Competition of Iranian Handmade Carpet Photography in the capital city of Tehran.
The competition will cover various themes and subjects related to Persian carpets such as carpet and economy, carpet and interior design, carpet and job creation, carpet and tourism, carpet and villages, and the role of carpet in the life of nomadic tribes.
Established in 2002, Iran’s National Carpet Center aims to increase productivity, overcome market barriers, provide technical regulations for production and exports preserve craftsmanship and cultural aspects of hand-woven carpets, and protect the country’s carpet industry.
Carpet-weaving, which dates back to ancient Persia, is one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art.
Iran exports carpets to more than 100 countries, as the country's hand-woven rugs are one of its main non-oil export products.
The most important importers of Persian carpet include the US, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Japan.
Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to the quality of the rugs as well as their color and design.