Kairouan carpets increasingly popular abroad
The production of handicrafts, particularly carpets, recorded a 71% increase in the governorate of Kairouan compared to last year, according to regional crafts commissioner Tarek Néji.
Carpet exports also increased by 5 to 10 percent over the same period, he said on the sidelines of the Regional Crafts Fair (21 to 31 December) at the Village of Handicrafts in Barouta.
The revival of the sector is due in particular to the resumption of tourism activities, the improvement of the quality of Tunisian handicrafts and the five-year strategy put in place for the period 2018-2022. This plan aims to increase the contribution of crafts to local development, promote quality and develop know-how, he said.
More than 30 craftsmen, representing various specialties, take part in the fair which recorded the visit of members of the Tunisian-Saudi group of support to the craftsman. They expressed their willingness to involve artisans from the region in trade shows abroad to help them market their products, the source said.
The governorate of Kairouan occupies the first place nationwide in carpet manufacturing and Margoum, an activity that employs 7,000 artisans out of a total of 15 thousand professionals in the region.