Statement regarding US embargo

18dee00acf 240x161 - Statement regarding US embargoThe President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has signed a bill that prohibits the import of Iranian handmade carpets.

Label STEP, a Swiss based organization promoting fair trade with handmade carpets – and ORIA – an American based, National Trade Association promoting the interests of the Oriental Rug Trade – appeal to the U.S. Government to exclude handmade carpets from the trade embargo.

“The number of carpet weavers, workers, and their related family members in Iran is estimated at about 8 million people. Most of them live and work in remote rural areas where there are only very few alternatives to earn a living. We appeal to the US Government to exclude handmade carpets from the trade embargo” says Reto Aschwanden, STEP Commercial Director, to Jozan Magazine.

Read more: STEP Statement

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