The heat is sweltering, but despite the sunrise in the sky, many carpet weavers and workers are in the stalls, complaining about their rent so that they can sell something and the sale period will finally end. can break
These days, a permanent exhibition of carpets, carpet panels, and handicrafts is held in the vicinity of the Carpet Museum and Tulip Park, but the existence of such an exhibition and producers of carpets and handicrafts in this place is a secret. According to the owner of the kiosk, it runs without ads.
Below you’ll read the craft reporter’s report, the heart-sitting whistleblowers and the agonists of producers and activists who often sleep or eat their art due to poor sales.
Baby weave rugs!
He has a sweet Tabrizi accent and sells rugs by taking over one of the display stands. He is not afraid of reporters and starts to talk happily because a party member has visited his booth. According to him, there are two brothers who studied design at university and despite the poor selling conditions they still talk about problems with a smile.
One brother who works with us at the same time says about the sale situation: “Everyone is trying to do everything, but because of the high prices, they do not buy much. The price of the carpets usually starts from 6 million tomans and above. All of them are handmade.”
He points to the demand he received in this exhibition and continues: “The carpet designs are good now. We used to increase production, but now we have reduced our production due to lack of elasticity. For example, we used to go back to Tabriz with ten panels, but now due to lower sales, we are returning More to our city.”
Another brother continues: People do not have purchasing power, carpets were exported and the situation was better.
He says about the emigration of Iranian designers to neighboring countries: I have been doing this all my life, when they are not welcomed, some designers decide to leave; Of course, I never thought of leaving my home country.
This person also says about Iranians’ interest in carpets: “Now every Iranian family likes to have hand-woven carpets in their homes, but as families stick to their basic needs, our sales have also gone down, for example some customers who used customers. They took four carpets and now They come and say how expensive it is!
The brother in charge of Booth also says of the insurance issues: “Previously insured never had any problems, but the newly insured, whose insurance was disconnected and reconnection going on, we don’t have insurance, bag rugs!”
Is the minister aware of the issues?
When we went a little further, the booth which displayed Bedouin rugs and rugs in their colors and designs stood out among the other booths. The owner of this booth, next to which is a carpet repairman, when he notices a reporter sitting on it to listen to his words, begins with a full heart: “The carpets have different tastes and everyone buys a sample, their own mood. Unlike in previous years, when we always held successful exhibitions at the Carpet Museum, this year Unfortunately, the sales situation is not good, and we’ve been here for about three weeks, and unfortunately, we’re taking losses.
He continues: Three weeks ago, we did not achieve sales in two days of our weekly programs, and unfortunately no advertisement was made to promote the show, and in general there was no great support from the ministry. The cultural heritage of advertising. All of our own expenses. They took 130 million tomans from me with a tower of 60 million tomans. The tower cost me nearly 70 million tomans. These shops belong to heritage and the Minister may be aware of these issues.
Referring to his experience in the field of carpet production, this producer said: I have sold approximately 17-18 billion tomans of merchandise, but no one believed on the stalls and they told the stalls that it was made of glass first and then everything. Securing yourself. ”
He says about the price of Bedouin works: There is no fixed price for Bedouin carpets, and we are all prices.
Criticizing the neglect of carpet workers, this producer says: Carpet production was not much supported and was often limited to words and promises, and the facilities they wanted are so disgusting that you regret; For example, they once came and said that you are a businessman in the area and you can get a loan. They came to pay, for example, a billion tomans. We had to calculate 760 million tomans in cash, so why take a loan if I have so much? Is the money in my account?
This producer, who is allergic to the term art industry in front of the carpet, says of the use of this title: “I don’t like the term industry for carpet, because in those terms they want to use carpet to refer to mechanics and chemical work, and I. I don’t like it.” I don’t agree with that.”
Insurance officials closed the door
Next to the manufacturer in the carpet booth is an old man whose job is to repair. All the while as if waiting to pour out his grief, after speaking with the producer he said: “I had a workshop in the market, but a thief stole my workshop, unfortunately the case was closed and it did not happen. I am not going anywhere. ” I ran so far, paid some damage and still have some. “Now I’m on the move and I don’t have a workshop or a specific location, but unfortunately the insurance authorities have closed the sword to cut off our insurance.”
He continues: They keep sending inspectors who will cut our insurance if we don’t, then either we worry about bread in that case or we have to sit and wait for Mr. Inspector to come to make sure we’re working! “My insurance was cut off once due to a disaster and my insurance is still online now.”
The carpet repairman, who works at the same time and causes his pain, continues: “The only place we got services from was insurance, now they closed the sword to cut the insurance. The salary is not good either, if we work for two days, we are unemployed for two months.
The building in the middle of his interest said: Not for sale. When my sales increase, so does the work. We started our business with three or four businesses, and because we had no sales, we didn’t have the guts to produce! “
In the end, the reformer makes his request to the concerned officials like this: “Support the carpet guild because we are borrowing the ancient Iranian art, which is on the verge of extinction, and now some of them may have capital or capital.” We know how to do something else and go somewhere, But this year we have nothing.”
According to informants, if you listen to carpet activists, from carpet weavers to producers and designers, they often want to improve the situation with a mixed outlook with concern, and in this regard, issues such as the delivery of the Iranian National Carpet Center are brought up. From the Ministry of Textiles to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, there is no difference between them. Bijan Arbaby, an expert and a university professor, said in an interview with reporters: “The management of the Farsh Center became political a long time ago, and most of the competent managers left this place and left for a long time. “They threw a political program.”
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