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OCT 17, 2013 - The Economist

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Iran’s carpet trade: A magic comeback?

Kilim me softly without nukes JUST north of Khayyam underground railway station, named after Persia’s pre-eminent 11th-century poet, lies Tehran’s sprawling carpet bazaar, said to hold the largest collection of handmade rugs on earth. The carpet business, Iran’s largest after oil, is emerging from one of its darkest periods. Dealers say demand has shot up since Hassan Rohani’s election as president in June. Some say sales have more than doubled. If the renewed talks between Iran and the Western governments over its nuclear ambitions go well, carpets may sell still faster.During Iran’s ... Read More

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