The global carpet market has witnessed a substantial surge in sales over the last few hours primarily attributed to the rising per capita income and a desire by the customer towards quality interior decoration.
Since the installation of new floor coverings can improve the appearance of the home and boost its value at the same time, the demand for residential remodeling will continue to rise as homeowners replace worn out carpets with newer products with enhanced visuals and better stain resistance.
North America is one of the largest makers in the world of global carpets and is expected to rule the roost for many years to come. The US accounts for nearly 28% of the total global output. Due to the rapid rise in the construction and housing activity all over the world and particularly in the US, this will foster growth of the carpet and rug makers in the near future.
Carpet weaving is an ancient tradition dating back to the 16th century. In terms of handmade rugs, India is the current worldwide leader in terms of volume and size. Due to its heritage in making handmade carpets, its value has been recognised throughout the globe. As a result over 90% of the rugs produced are exported to over 70 countries around the world, with the main customers being USA, Germany, UK, Australia among others.
Though oil is the largest income earner, when it comes to occupation, the carpet industry in Iran is at the forefront. Millions of the citizens are associated one way or the other in the manufacture of carpets directly or indirectly. This could be through sheep raising, spinning, dying, weaving, washing, repairing or retail. Out in the country, looms can be seen in homes everywhere. The bazaars are full of carpets with tools and yarns on sale in many markets.
Afghanistan produces two popular types of carpets namely Afghan Aqche and Khal Mohammadi. The second name is the handiwork of Turkomans of the northern part of the country. Their primary colors are dark red in different shades. Pile, warp and weft are normally of wool, goat or horse hair.
Turkey has also dominated the carpet scene ever since the time of the Greeks which at one time were the leading producers. Turkish carpets come with a traditional Turkish Knot and are thicker as they consist of wool, cotton and silk.They are also named Anatolian carpets and are mostly manufactured in the city of Konya, which has been the center of the country’s carpet industry for a long time.
Central Asia is the chief region for nomadic drug production. Another region which has been making distinctive rugs since the 18th century is Caucasus. These antiques are made in the villages and are best known for their bold patterns and tribal designs. Since these rugs are smaller in size, they attract the European markets where the rooms are smaller than those in the US. In the 19th century, Caucasus became the leading area of rug production for export under Russian control.
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