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21/04/2017 11:37am

Govt plans to develop standards and trademark for handmade carpets

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New Delhi, Apr 21 (KNN) In a bid to reinforce India’s position as top carpet exporter in the world, the government is planning to develop standards and a trademark to ensure that the products comply in terms of quality.

The textile ministry is in the process at creating a brand for Indian carpets. This is being done along the lines of Australia’s Woolmark, a standard that guarantees exceptional quality of wool.

Talking to KNN, Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman of Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) said that the Indian carpet industry is already up to the mark. The carpets produced are of quality that can compete at international level.

“More than setting a trademark, this move is about formulating strategy to standardize the industry, this will prove as impetus for the sector” said Sharma. He further said that it will take two to three years to formulate parameters and implement the plan.

India at present is a leading exporter of handmade carpets. Exports from India amount to 40 per cent of the total International handmade rug market.

Apart from India, Iran, Nepal and China are other important countries that add to the global carpet trade. Also Europe and America are the prominent importers of carpets. (KNN/ DA)

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