The 33rd Edition of India Carpet Expo, being organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, was inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta and Member of Parliament, Bhadohi, Shri Virender Singh were also present on the occasion.
Interacting with the media, Shri Ajay Tamta appreciated CEPC for organizing the Expo twice every year, to promote Indian weavers worldwide. He noted that the Expo generates huge volume of business every year; he said that the handmade and hand-weaved products at the Expo are the major attractions to the foreign buyers.
The Expo, one of Asia’s largest handmade carpet fairs, is being organized to promote the cultural heritage of Indian handmade carpets and other floor coverings, and the weaving skills of their makers, amongst visiting overseas carpet buyers. The Expo is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents and architects to meet with and establish long-term business relationships with Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters. It is a unique platform for buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. The Expo has established itself as a popular sourcing platform for carpet buyers from all over the globe. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size, as per the specifications of carpet buyers has made it a household name in the international market.
The 33rd edition has received an overwhelming response from member exporters; 305 exhibitors are displaying their products in the show. Around 410 Carpet importers from 60 countries, mainly from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, U.K. and USA shall be visiting the Expo. The Council endeavours to provide an exclusive business environment to both carpet importers and manufacturer-exporters, for the ultimate benefit of about two million weavers and artisans, who are employed in this labor-intensive cottage industry.
Chairman, CEPC, Mr. Mahavir Pratap Sharma has said that this exhibition and buyer-seller meet will be the first step in taking Indian exports of handmade carpets to greater heights.