An Iranian carpet merchant sits at his shop at the Tehran's old main bazaar, Iran, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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The world's largest buyer imported more than $80 million worth from Iran in 2010, before the trade embargo was tightened, he said.Since January when carpet sales to the U.S. resumed, $49.3 million worth have been shipped there from Iran, Kargar said.Between March and September this year, Iran exported $134 million worth of handmade carpets, or 2,330 tons, to 80 countries. There are almost 1 million carpet weavers in Iran, 700,000 of whom are working full time, Kargar said.
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