Admirers of carpet and rugs are in for a treat as the India Carpet Expo, an exclusive trade fair for handmade carpets and other floor-coverings, organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council, was declared open in the national Capital on Friday.
The four-day fair was inaugurated by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), government of India in the august presence of Virender Singh, Member of Parliament from Bhadohi, Rashmi Verma, IAS, Secretary (Textiles), Dr K. Gopal, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other senior government officials from the Central and State governments, besides representatives from Trade and Media.
Kuldeep R Wattal, chairman, CEPC along with Members of the Committee of Administration was also present on this occasion.
270 small, medium and large manufacturers and exporters of handmade carpets from different craft pockets of India are showcasing their products in this Expo.
Textile Minister assured that government of India in the Ministry of Textiles will continue to support the carpet industry and its export efforts in every possible way and shall not withdraw any scheme launched by the government for the welfare of artisans and exporting community.
On the very first day of the fair, more than 240 overseas carpet buyers registered their presence along with 150 buying representatives.
Kuldeep R Wattal, chairman, CEPC informed that the exports of handmade carpet is showing upward trend which is possible only due to full support of the Ministry of Textiles, government of India. 437 overseas carpet buyers from 57 countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Ukraine have registered with the Council to visit the fair.
Selected buyers from each country have been offered incentives by the Council to visit the fair.
Kuldeep R. Wattal, chairman, CEPC conveyed his sincere thanks on behalf of the carpet industry to the government of India for the financial support to this Council for organising India Carpet Expo and is confident that the Expo will generate good business.
He also requested the media to extend their full support to this cottage based, employment oriented handmade carpet industry which is providing employment to millions of artisans/ weavers.