Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) which has been set up with an objective to promote and develop exports of hand carpets organised the 35th India Carpet Expo in NSIC Exhibition ground.
In an attempt to boost carpet industry CEPC organised this expo to create exclusive business environment for both importers and exporters of carpet industry which going to benefit about 2 million weavers and artisans employed in this highly labor intensive rural based MSME cottage industry.
This four day event held in New Delhi, between 8-11 March and was inaugurated by Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta.
The prime focus of this expo was to promote the cultural heritage of India and to present the weaving skills of Indian hand knotted carpet artisan as well as their fine craftsmanship in handmade carpets among the overseas buyers.
This event was attended by 300 overseas carpet buyers from 60 countries and 200 buying representatives/buying houses to generate business for this rural cottage sector.
Stating handmade carpet industry as No.1 in terms of value and quantity in export of handmade carpets, he shared his feeling of joy and happiness as CEPC organises this expo twice every year to promote Indian weavers worldwide.
He said “every year expo generates huge amount of business.”
He assured the carpet industry to lend complete support for the betterment and welfare of small manufacturers and artisans. Speaking at the 2nd day of the fair, Minister of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Zubin Irani, appreciated the efforts of CEPC.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of CEPC, Mahavir Pratap Sharma said that during the event INR 306 cr of business has already been booked and 2408 enquires were received which will further generate business of approximately INR 100 cr in the coming months.
On highlighting the importance of organizing this expo, he said that this expo will open new path of opportunities for the industry and small and medium Indian carpet exporters and will take the Indian exports of hand-made carpets to much greater heights.
On a broader scale, this whole event is instrumental in projecting ‘Make in India Brand’ in overseas markets, he added.
He said “India carpet expo is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish long term business relationship.”
More than 260 products of reputed small, medium and large manufacturer exporters from U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, etc. has been showcased by the CEPC.