From the Desk of Chairman

Dear Friends

I am sure the New Year 2014 has started well for you and your family. I wish the year to remain fruitful for all of you and the Industry as a whole.


The year 2013 was one of the most challenging & very sucessful year for Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) which witnessed heavy turnout of overseas buyers, resulting tremendous business in both the flagship Expositions of India Carpet Expos during the year 2013.


I complement all of you for showing good performance amidst dwindling and changing economic scenario. Handmade Carpet exports have again registered consecutive impressive growth of more than 20% in the last year.


In 2013 we had full support of the Government and export incentive measures announed included expanding enterest subvention as well as increasing the corpus on the Market Access Initiative (MAI), Market Development Assistance (MDA). Additional plan allocations for MAI / MDA will help in export marketing with formation of an Export Development Fund with sizable corpus for aggressive marketing. We thank the Govt’ value the continued support offered to carpet sector . But much more is still required to be done, as promised by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles. My wish-list for the sector also requires a complimentary effort from Govt for the procedural simplifications in the existing policy paradigm and Warehouses and showrooms at LAC countries, , if our handmade carpet sector has to perform much better.


I would like to congrature all participating Member Exporters for their overwhelming participation in CEPC’s DOMOTEX held during January 11-14, 2014 at Hannover. The International Fair was formerly opened by the German Authorities, whereas Indian Pavilion in the name of CEPC was inaugurated none other than the Hon’ble Union Minister Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, in the August presence of Mr. Vidhu P. Nair, Acting Consul General, CGI, Hamburg, Mr. Balvinder Kumar, Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner (Handloom), Dr. Jochen Kockler, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, Thilo Horstman, Project Manager, Detusche Messe AG, Hannover, Mr. Parminder Singh, CGI’s office, Hamburg, prominent members of Committee of Administration This time also India had the largest contingent with 176 companies who had displayed best of their products. We again ranked the single largest overseas exhibiting country in the fair outside India. The projection in the fair set forth the trend of buying throughout the year. One of our Bhadohi based Member Exhibitor M/s Global Overseas was awarded the category “Best Transitional Design Garden Antracid Trophy”. There was demand of high knotted Indo Nepali Carpets, Hand tufted Carpets, Shaggy, Viscose, Puff, Flat weaving Carpet, Kelim Durry, Woollen Handmade Bamboo Silk, Chocho Silk, Patchwork, Shaggy, Silk Carpets etc. There was less demand of Traditional carpets of antique design, but new designs and styles are in great demand. Buyers asked for shining products with lower prices.


I along with the Hon’ble Minister had Consultations and one to one Meetings with DOMOTEX Hannover fair authorities, prominently with Dr. Wolfram Von Fritsch, Dr Dag Dazglock, Dr Ralf Pospich etc. for granting special status to Council’s exhibitors, special discounts on venue cost & on other services, being cottage based small entrepreneurs. I am happy that every participating Member has booked EXPORT orders almost 80% of his / her ON THEIR latest eco-friendly products. Detailed fair report is in the International Section of the magazine.


CEPC’s participation was highly successful at 26th India Carpet Expo at Varanasi where 308 Exhibitors from different parts of the country, i.e. U.P., Rajasthan, J&K, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi etc. participated in this Export Oriented Expo and displayed their latest designs of Handmade Carpets and other Floor Coverings, were 304 Overseas buyers from 38 countries took part at the gala exhibition. I take pleasure in sharing that both these shows held at DOMOTEX Hannover and at 26th ICE Varanasi, left a mark in the minds of the visitors from the European Markets and other world markets.


India Carpet Expo is a well established and recognized Fair world-over, amongst the overseas carpet buyers as well as carpet manufacturer-exporters of India. This time, in 27th ICE 2014 at New Delhi, we are expecting record number of around 275 exhibitors from all over India and around 350 overseas carpet buyers from more than 50 countries, almost from all the continents, to do business for this rural based cottage sector


During both these fairs {DOMOTEX Hannover and 26th ICE}, I had a chance to interact with a number of International buyers including celebrity and understood that there is huge demand of Indian Handmade Carpets which has contemporary, modern look, elegant and evergreen design & I earnestly requested all my fellow exporters to tap every opportunity made available to them by CEPC, to have cemented relations with their overseas customers.


CEPC, in order to further penetrate newer markets, participated in FITC at Sao Paulo; Qinghai Intl Carpet Exhibition at Xing; SAITEX at Johan’Burg; India Week at Bangkok; Australian Sourcing Fair at Melbourne; DOMOTEX Middle East held at Istanbul and JAPAN Tex, Tokyo and our exhibitors registered presence with best of their handmade products and had done very tremendous business even with three piece of carpets.


Very soon we are going to start providing two months & four months training PROGRAMS to weavers for weaving hand knotted and hand-tufted carpets under Mega Cluster for Carpets in Bhadohi-Mirzapur Carpet Belt. This will be for the welfare of handmade carpet weavers, artisans, and small entrepreneurs. Council will make an announcement in this regard soon.


I must place on record my appreciation to my colleagues in the Committee of Administration at CEPC for extending their full support in organizing this Mega Event on the Asian continent. I am grateful to the Government of India, Secretary (Textiles), Secretary (Commerce), Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of External Affairs, Embassies / High Commissioner of foreign missions and all other Senior Officers of Central and State Governments for their support for this Expo. I must not forget to thanks to all the officials of Carpet Export Promotion Council for their round-the-clock hard & sincere work who have burned midnight oil for the grand success of all such national and international events.


I also would like to thanks especially to Executive Director including Editors of the Carpet Council News magazine for their tireless effort in reviving and brining out in-house magazine at par with International standards.

Siddh Nath Singh