In a significant boost to Afghanistan’s economy, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce reported a remarkable 30% year-on-year increase in carpet exports during the initial three months of the current Persian calendar year (March 21 to July 21). This surge in export numbers was accompanied by a notable rise in the workforce engaged in the carpet industry, according to the ministry’s statement released on Monday.
Over the said period, Afghan carpets valued at approximately 5 million U.S. dollars found their way to several destinations worldwide, including Türkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, and Uzbekistan, as per the ministry’s data.
Recognizing the pivotal role of international exhibitions in showcasing Afghanistan’s hand-woven carpets, the Carpet Producers and Exporters Union emphasized the importance of displaying these exquisite creations at such events. They highlighted the potential of these exhibitions in directly influencing the promotion and subsequent boost of Afghanistan’s carpet industry, expressing optimism about the positive impact on export figures.
The union also shed light on the significant expansion witnessed in the carpet business throughout 2022. Pakistan, Türkiye, the United States, Uzbekistan, and the United Arab Emirates emerged as key importers displaying keen interest in procuring Afghan carpets, marking a promising trend for the industry’s growth and global outreach.
This surge in export figures and the growing interest from various countries underscore the resilience and potential of Afghanistan’s hand-woven carpet industry, signaling positive prospects for further expansion and recognition on the global stage.