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Iran’s rugmakers struggle to keep centuries-old industry alive | The Washington Post

The centuries-old industry has been hit hard by repeated economic crises in recent years, as well as by economic sanctions imposed by the United States, formerly the biggest market for Persian carpets. Even in Iran, cheaper, machine-made rugs are starting to outsell handmade ones. The industry’s decline is just one more problem facing the Islamic republic’s president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, when he takes office in early August.

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akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

“I don’t think this is an industry that the country needs to protect, as it does not produce good jobs that young people should be seeking,” said Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, an economics professor at Virginia Tech who visits Iran regularly."

I really want to write to this so called Iranian-American expert in Virginia tech who has been interviewed in the above article and ask him to please do not ever again give an opinion ...any opinion actually ... never !

Persian carpet industry is a treasure that needs to be cherished and preserved as no other country on earth has ever been able to master this art as good as the Iranians. What a shame ! ... There is a huge market for it out side of Iran as well inside of theteh country. Many benefit form this industry. Major source of income. This guy needs to take economy 101 all over again ,,, he sucks !

Of course, U.S sanction has been very harsh and that is the main factor involved here.