Mansoureh Rezaei, the president of Carpet Weavers & Textile Workers Union, said the Kermanshah carpet exports have been discontinued due to U.S. led economic sanctions against Iran. A few days ago Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said Iran’s carpets exports has not been affected by the recent Western sanctions imposed on Iran’s economy. He said Iran is now exporting carpets to more than 80 countries including the United States.
“Unfortunately because of the recent economic sanctions and pressures, Kermanshah carpet exports to other countries have been discontinued and this has made many problems for weavers. Also the price of raw materials for carpet industry has been increased dramatically. The necessary silk for weaving carpets, was imported from Australia but economic restrictions beside currency crisis have deteriorated the conditions.” Mansoureh Rezaei said.
“Revenue of the carpet industry in Kermanshah province is now negligible. Workers continue their weaving just not to become jobless.” Rezaei added.
Kermanshah rugs and carpets are one of the most popular types of Persian carpets woven in Iran.
United States and its European allies have imposed several hard sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program. Accordingly Iran’s economy is affected by these restrictions but Iranian authorities deny the effects of these sanctions and call them “ineffective”. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defined a new term named “economy of resistance” to defeat U.S. led sanctions.