31st Carpet Expo: Buyers unhappy with price inconsistency

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By A.Kameshwari

New Delhi, Mar 12 (ANI): The thirty-first edition of India Carpet Expo, an exclusive trade fair for handmade carpets and other floor-coverings, organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council has begun in Delhi.

However, it seems that some of the buyers are going back without being content as they are unhappy over inconsistent price rates they have noticed at the expo.

‘The improvement is always there and that’s the good part but we notice that some of the prices consistency has changed a little bit. The price fluctuation is very high this year which is very different to what used to happen till last year. Other than that, I have been coming here since Day One of the expo and I really like it here,” an international buyer told ANI.

Talking about the journey and the growth of the expo, Kuldeep R. Wattal, chairman of Carpet Export Promotion Council told ANI, “This year’s expo has 270 small, medium and large manufacturers and exporters of handmade carpets from different craft pockets of India with around 240 overseas carpet buyers from 57 different countries. So, by far this is the biggest expo we have had in India. We started with 30 exporters and have come to a long way. Today, India’s handmade carpet export is of around 10 thousand crores with growth rate of 17 percent. So, it’s commendable that way. We have been the top exporters in this arena and aim to be one in future as well.”

R. Wattal is confident that the expo will generate good business and requested the media to extend their full support to this employment oriented handmade carpet industry, which is providing employment to millions of artisans and weavers.

The expo, which started on March 11, will conclude on March 14. (ANI)

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