Afghan Carpets: The World’s Number One

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s thriving carpets and textiles trade is a legacy of the country’s rich craftsmanship, commercial history and diverse culture.

World-renowned for their intricate designs, Afghan carpets reflect the heritage of cottage-based craftsmanship passed through generations of families. As testament to the meticulous nature of the art, one large carpet typically takes six to nine months to weave.

The carpet industry employs over one million Afghans working in the production of carpets, with millions more working in compatible industries such as wool production, cutting/washing and design. It is a major source of employment for women and people living in rural Afghanistan.

Afghanistan produces several types of handmade carpets, including felted wool carpets (namads), flat non-pile fabric woven carpets (kilims), and pile and knotted carpets made from wool, silk, and cotton. The manufacture of carpets is largely accomplished by a huge network of weavers working on individual carpets throughout Afghanistan’s countryside.

Historically carpets have also been important symbols of status, and a significant asset both in strategies of surviving and thriving. Wellbeing in many rural households today is defined in terms of the ownership of carpets and kilims. Significantly for many rural households emerging out of long years of asset depletion, the first asset of accumulation may well be the carpet14, even if it is only a machine made Iranian one. Carpets, at least in the international market, have a complex set of values. For some they have a value more as a work of art, an aesthetic value that can never be fully measured in money terms.

 

WHY AFGHAN CARPETS?

·         Winner of international Domotex Trade Fair Award in Germany beating 60 countries

·         Winner of International Carpet Competition in Dubai beating 14 countries

·         Globally acknowledged as one of best work of craftsmanship

·         Handmade by craftsmen and women with skills that have been passed on for centuries

·         Hand-made process makes Afghan carpets one-of-a-kind heirlooms.

·         To support a “socially conscious” carpet industry

·         Support the British and European mission in Afghanistan

·         An act of saying thank you to all those who have lost their lives to make Afghanistan and the world a safer place

·         To create jobs, empower communities and promote democracy

BACCI is working to support Afghanistan’s Carpet industry by providing direct marketing and access to international markets in United Kingdom and across Europe. This bypasses the middle-men and increases the return on investment for the weavers, local producers and sustains a historical industry by creating more jobs and increasing profits.

If you are interested in the wholesale import and purchase of Afghan Carpets, please contact us: info@bacci.org.uk