Ahmet Kaplan, the head of Southeast Anatolia Carpet Exporters Association (GAHIB), told Anadolu Agency that the U.S. comes at the first place as the major market of carpet export.
“By the end of the year, we will have exported one third of $1.5 billion of carpet to the U.S.,” Kaplan said.
Kaplan said Saudi Arabia and Iraq followed the U.S. as major markets for Turkish carpetexport.
Gaziantep, a southeastern Turkish province, manufactures 30 percent of the machine-woven carpets worldwide, while it produces 90 percent of Turkish carpets, Kaplan stated.
He said Gaziantep performed $1.1 billion of carpet exports in the first nine months of 2018, adding that it targets $1.5 billion export at the end of the year.