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Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Boasts 7 Seals of Excellence

Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Boasts 7 Seals of ExcellenceChaharmahal-Bakhtiari Boasts 7 Seals of Excellence

Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province has received seven UNESCO Seals of Excellence for various handicrafts, including hand-woven kilims (flat tapestry-woven carpets), felt, locks and metallic products.

Mehrdad Raeisi, deputy head of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department, made the announcement while talking to Mehr News Agency.

“Being awarded the seal plays an important role in promoting Iranian craftwork on the global stage and facilitates access to international markets. This leads to an increase in handicraft production in the province which, in turn, creates jobs,” he said.

Raeisi noted that the province is one of the leading provinces in handicraft production and has exported a large number of products to various parts of the country as well as foreign countries.

The program of UNESCO’s Seal of Excellence for handicrafts was originally piloted in 2000-3 for Southeast Asia by the organization and the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association.

The program has succeeded not only in raising the quality of handicraft products but has also enhanced international market awareness of such craftwork from all the regional countries. Iran has been participating in this program since 2007.

Last year, two Iranian handicrafts were nominated for the 2016 Seal of Excellence award.

The products—an engraved wooden pen-case and an engraved calligraphy toolbox—were produced by Latif Naqivand, a well-known artisan from Aras Free Trade Zone.