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