The 33rd India Carpet Expo (ICE) was held in New Delhi March 27-30-2017. Touted as the biggest expo on carpets in Asia, it showcased diversified, quality designs that local artisans can produce. Minister for Textiles, Smirti Irani, inaugurated the Expo which had 300 exhibitors showcasing their fares and getting access to some of the best markets in the world. The cottage industry for handmade carpets and rugs has already revived the sagging fortunes of generations of weavers and handicraft looms that spin the oriental magic of carpets.
The Expo’s popularity saw 410 international buyers visiting the show. Business was expected from Australia, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, UK, USA, Russia and Mexico. Virender Singh, MP, Bhadohi said they are planning to provide special privileges to shepherds for the first time, as they play a crucial role in the process of carpet manufacturing. Until now all the focus was only on weavers and manufacturers but now they are looking at upliftment of shepherds as well.
ICE is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish long term business relationship, feels Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC. Markets like Europe and US absorb most of the exports of handmade carpets and rugs Made in India. The labor-intensive industry looks forward to more material gains as ICE continues its efforts to provide roof and earnings to the carpet makers and shepherds.