India has an ancient tradition of carpet weaving, with the industry flourishing in the country from the 16th century onwards. Today, India is the world's largest producer and exporter of hand-made carpets in terms of value as well as volume.
In fact, 90 per cent of the carpets manufactured in India are exported. Indian carpets are known worldwide for their excellent design, fascinating colours and quality.
Seven types of hand-made carpets are produced in the country:
- Hand-knotted woollen carpets
- Tufted woollen carpets
- Gabbe woollen carpets
- Hand-made woollen dhurries
- Pure silk carpets
- Staple/synthetic carpets
- Chain stitch rugs
Most of the carpet manufacturing in India takes place in the northern part of the country in the towns of Bhadohi, Agra, Jaipur, Srinagar and Danapur.
Key Markets and Export destinations
In 2012-13, exports of hand-made carpets stood at US$ 1,074.29 million, registering a growth of 12.4 per cent over the previous year. Indian hand-made carpets are exported to over 100 nations and the US accounts for the largest share. For instance, around 40 per cent of the total hand-made carpet exports in 2011-12 were to the US.
Carpets Export Promotion Council
The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is the apex body of exporters of hand-made carpets and other floor coverings in India. The Council provides assistance to exporters by identifying new markets, providing financial aid, sponsoring participation in worldwide events, arranging buyer-seller meets and resolving trade disputes.
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