40th India Carpet Expo – Virtual Exhibition Concludes Successfully

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India Carpet Expo is one of the largest Handmade Carpet Fair in Asia which serves as a unique platform for the buyers to source the best of handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It is held bi-annually with a view to showcase the Cultural Heritage of Indian Handmade Carpets & Other Floor Coverings and Promote the Weaving Skills of Indian Weavers to the visiting overseas carpet buyers. Carpet Export Promotion Council launched its first Virtual Exhibition for 5 days – 40th INDIA CARPET EXPO – VIRTUAL EXHIBITION from 21st to 25th August, 2020 to cater to the demand of the Indian Handmade Carpets in emerging economies post pandemic.India Carpet Expo is one of the largest Handmade Carpet Fair in Asia which serves as a unique platform for the buyers to source the best of handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It is held bi-annually with a view to showcase the Cultural Heritage of Indian Handmade Carpets & Other Floor Coverings and Promote the Weaving Skills of Indian Weavers to the visiting overseas carpet buyers. Carpet Export Promotion Council launched its first Virtual Exhibition for 5 days – 40th INDIA CARPET EXPO – VIRTUAL EXHIBITION from 21st to 25th August, 2020 to cater to the demand of the Indian Handmade Carpets in emerging economies post pandemic.

The 1st Virtual Edition of 40th India Carpet Expo, an exclusive trade fair for Handmade carpets and other floor-coverings, organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council, was inaugurated by Smt.  Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development through Video Conferencing in the presence of Shri Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). Shri Siddh Nath Singh, Chairman, CEPC, Shri Umer Hameed, 2nd Vice-Chairman, CEPC, Shri Umesh Kumar Gupta, Shri Abdul Rub, Shri Rajendra Prasad Mishra, Shri Onkar Nath Mishra, Shri Feroze Waziri, Shri Husain Jafar Husaini, Mohd. Wasif Ansari, Shri Shree Ram Maurya, Shri Sanjay Gupta,  Shri Bodh Raj Malhotra, Shri Sandeep Kataria, Shri Satish Wattal, Members COA were also present in the inauguration alongwith the Participants and Guests.

Smt. Smiriti Zubin Irani in her address appreciated the efforts of the Carpet Export Promotion Council in organizing 1st Virtual Edition of India Carpet Expo in the pandemic of COVID-19 and congratulated Shri Siddh Nath Singh and Committee Members for their efforts and mentioned that “Koshis Karna Walo ki Kabhi Har Nahi Hoti” and industry is following the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister “Sab ka Sath Sabka Vikas”. Minister assured full support from her Ministry to the Council for the growth of the industry.
This Virtual Edition is the 1st initiative to bridge the gap between Indian products and demand of Handmade Carpets and floor coverings across the globe in post pandemic era. The Expo is organized under the aegis of Govt. of India with an aim to promote the Cultural Heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made Carpets and other floor coverings amongst the overseas carpet buyers.

Shri Siddh Nath Singh, Chairman, CEPC in his address mentioned that in the COVID-19 Scenario travelling is not possible both for our Exporters and Overseas Buyers and hence this Virtual Edition of India Carpet Expo is an ideal platform for International Carpet Buyers, Buying houses, buying Agents, Architects and Indian Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters to meet virtually and establish long term business relationship. This exhibition is a crucial step towards taking Indian exports of Handmade carpet to much greater and newer heights. Shri Singh further added that there are tremendous business opportunities for participating manufacturers and exporters as various prominent buyers of Handmade Carpets from all over the world will be attending the show and orders worth over thousand crores are expected to be executed in near future. It is the endeavor of the council to provide exclusive business environment to the both carpet importers as well as manufacturer-exporters, which ultimately will benefit over 20 lakhs weavers and artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based MSME cottage industry.