Afghan rugs sell like hot cakes in Las Vegas

Kabul, February 2, 2008 (PAN): Selling out all their rugs put for display, the Afghan businessmen in the Las Vegas state of the United States received more than one million US dollar demands for further quality handicraft mat.

Afghanistan's Export Promotion Agency (AEPA) officials said around 200 traders displayed carpets from different countries in the four-day exhibition

Afghan traders had exhibited 60 carpets in the show.

The purpose of the Afghan traders' participation in the exhibition was to attract further international markets to the Afghan handcrafts, Sayed Suliman Fatimi director of the AEPA said.

Last month the Afghan carpets were put for display in another international exhibition organized in Demotic city of Hanor in Germany, officials said, out of 1442 carpet producers from 80 countries across the globe Afghan carpet won the first position in the competition.

Challenges in processing and transit of the Afghan carpet in production and sending abroad had in the country had discouraged the producers, he said, 97% of the Afghan rugs were being transacted under other countries' names.

Afghan Commerce Minister Muhammad Amin Farhang told Pajhwok Afghan news that participation in such international exhibition by the Afghan producers and traders gave the Afghan product a global name and would help expand its market.