Tolo News: The market for carpets from the northwestern province of Faryab province has dried up. Sellers of hand-woven carpets are dissatisfied with the decline in sales of hand-made rugs in the province. After the political change in the country, the lack of a market for weavers has affected them. Click here to read more
Chicago Sun Times: Rugs are so central to Afghan culture they often are used as currency. So it is a shock when refugees must leave their rugs behind. Having a traditional rug in their new place can help them adjust. Click here to read more (external link). Related Afghan Carpet Exports Increase Amid Economic Crisis
Ariana: Afghan carpet sellers said on Saturday that their sales have declined and that it has become difficult to export to international markets. “We still have products, but our sales are very low. We used to sell three or four carpets a day, but now we sell that number a week.” Click here to read
Ariana: Afghans working in the country’s renowned carpet industry say they fear for their future and that business has taken a hit following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) takeover. “Carpet weavers should be supported and the carpet weaving industry should grow as well,” said weaver Najaf Ali Mejrayi, while pausing from his work on
Tolo News: Afghan carpet exports have reduced considerably over the last five months due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in a decrease in earnings for those working in the industry. The industry has exported at least 10,000 square meters of carpet in the last five months, but it was more than 60,000 square
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 12, 2019 Akramullah Karam Frud Bezhan MAYMANA, Afghanistan — Bibi Fatemah hunches on the cold concrete floor of a basement, hand-knotting an Afghan carpet. The 75-year-old is frail, and the work is exhausting. But the grandmother has no other option but to work after becoming the sole breadwinner in her
Reuters: Sales of Afghanistan’s ancient carpet-weaving industry have dropped by half in the past year as war with Taliban militants heats up and neighboring Pakistan clamps down on border traffic. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News / January 30, 2017 The recent exodus of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has also deprived the local carpet weaving industry of skillful labor. The Pakistani city Quetta, once known as a bustling market for Afghan carpets, is now left with only a handful of weavers. Even they are barely managing to survive due