Organized by CPEC, the India Carpet Expo in Varanasi saw the participation of 309 exhibitors from different parts of the country in this export oriented fair where 325 buyers from 60 countries registered their attendance. The fair was also attended by more than 250 buying representatives.
To promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers, the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) organised its 34th India Carpet Expo (13th in Varanasi) at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground, Varanasi, under the aegis of Government of India. The event that took place from October 10 -13, 2017, was 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.
Being one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia, the expo offers a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in International market. The carpet industry uses diverse raw-materials from various ports of India i.e. wool, silk, manmade fibre, jute, cotton and various blends of different yarns. Economists believe that this industry have immense potential for growth, both in production and exports. Also, it is environment friendly and does not use scarce and perishable energy resources.
Over the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for the carpet buyers from all over the globe. The prime objective of the Council in holding the Expo in Varanasi, the major Carpet producing belt, was to provide ‘unique pick and choose’ business opportunity to all overseas carpet buyers. It is the endeavor of the Council to provide exclusive business environment to the carpet importers as well as manufacturers and exporters. The Council had allotted stands to 274 participants in the biggest possible stand area of 6631 sq meter in ICE, during October 2017.
The event was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India, in the august presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other Senior Government officials from the Central and State Governments. Around 500 reputed overseas carpet buyers, from almost 58 countries mainly from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, U.K., USA etc. had registered themselves for attending the Expo. It would be worthwhile to mention that buyers from new countries like Bulgaria, Israel, Mauritius, Taiwan, Vietnam also attended the mega Expo to do serious business with Indian exporters/manufacturers. This ultimately benefitted over two million weavers/artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based cottage industry. The CEPC not only invited and incentivized the wholesale buyers, but it also provided a two-nights complimentary stay in a hotel at Varanasi for attending the India Carpet Expo. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC, said that this exhibition and buyer-seller meet will be taking Indian exports of handmade carpets to greater and newer heights. Siddh Nath Singh, first Vice-Chairman, Umer Hameed, second Vice-Chairman and all Members of COA, CEPC said that the Expo generated good business for the artisans and weavers from around the globe.
Rashmi Verma, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India visited interacted with overseas buyers and encouraged the participants at Expo. She assured the participants and exporters the best possible support from the Ministry in promoting Hand-knotted Carpets. She also appreciated the efforts of CEPC in organizing such a big event at par with international standard.
Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Govt. of India also visited the Expo and was very happy to see the Mega Carpet Expo and interacted with overseas buyers and participants. He expressed his full support for development of Hand-knotted Carpet Industry and assured that whatever help the industry needs will be given and would brief the status of Indian Carpet Industry to the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
Rita Teaotia, Secretary (Commerce), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, was very appreciative of the new designs, colours and textures displayed by the manufacturers from all over the country. She also assured the continuous financial support to the Carpet Industry for doing such mega events in future as well.
The Organizer of the fair i.e. CEPC mentioned that in the current recessionary trend the presence of 350 Overseas Buyers from all over the world in India Carpet Expo establish the status of India Carpet Expo and demand of Indian Products in International Market.
Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC expressed that this event was beneficial to the medium and small exporters who can’t afford to display their products in overseas Exhibitions on the one hand and on the other hand show the capability of India in producing and supplying quality products in time. Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and other Members of the COA, CEPC expressed happiness and congratulated Shri Shiv Kumar Gupta, Executive Director-cum-Secretary and all Staff Members of the Council for their strenuous and untiring efforts to make the fair a grand success.
The Council announced the date of next India Carpet Expo from 27- 30 March, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.