From adorning the floors of hotels, showrooms to houses and bungalows, carpets have always been a major handloom product of India that has, with its varied designs, subtle elements and attractive colours, found its way into the International market over the years.
In order to let people get exposed to superb workmanship of Indian weavers and artisans, the 30th India Carpet Expo (ICE), an exclusive trade fair for handmade carpets and other floor-coverings has been organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), in the premises of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi.
The fair which began on October 11, will remain open for business till October 14.
It was inaugurated by Dr Sanjay Kumar Panda, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, government. of India in the presence of JK Dadoo, IAS, AS & FA, Ministry of Textiles and Commerce, Alok Kumar, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handloom and Handicrafts). Kuldeep R Wattal, Chairman, CEPC along with members of the Committee of Administration, was also present.
303 Exporters of Handmade Carpets from different craft pockets in India have showcased their products.
Dr Panda, who was quite impressed with the display of the products, mentioned that the handmade carpet industry is providing employment to the weaker section of the society in the rural areas.
The products displayed in the exhibition, clearly establish that India is a producer of wide range of quality products suiting to the requirement of buyers and consumers.
Kuldeep R Wattal, Chairman, CEPC informed that the Exports of Handmade Carpet is showing upward trend of 17 per cent, which is possible only due to the full support of Ministry of Textiles, government of India.
India Carpet Expo 2015 will be the largest trade fair ever organised for the carpet industry as it will witness 440 overseas carpet buyers from 60 countries. The Expo is expected to generate good business as on the very first day of the fair, more than 220 overseas carpet buyers registered their presence along with 180 buying representatives.