New Delhi: The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is all set to organise 38th India Carpet Expo, one of the largest handmade carpet fairs of Asia, at Sampurnan and Sanskrit University Ground in Varanasi from October 11 to 14, to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings for the overseas carpet buyers.
Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Ravi Capoor will inaugurate India Carpet Expo, a platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish business relationships. It is held twice a year in Varanasi and Delhi.
India’s unique capability in adapting any type of design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in the international market. Industry uses diverse raw-materials from various parts of India like wool, silk, man-made fibre, jute, cotton and various blends of different yarns. The carpet industry has immense potential for growth both in production and exports. The industry is environment-friendly and does not use scarce and perishable energy resources.
Indian handmade carpet industry is number one in the international handmade carpet market both in terms of value and volume. India exports 85-90% of its total carpet production.
India is exporting its handmade carpets to more than 70 countries in the world, mainly to the USA, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, France, Italy and Brazil. Recently, exports have also started in China.
The Carpet Export Promotion Council has 2700 members from all over the country and around 200 members from all over India are participating in this Expo. Approximately 450 reputed overseas carpet buyers are expected to attend the Expo.
There is a huge scope of investment in this sector to set up units to produce carpets and other floor coverings in order to discourage imports and also fulfil domestic requirements.