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Sales of Afghanistan's renowned carpets unravel as war intensifies

Reuters  |  KABUL 

By Rod NickelKABUL (Reuters) - Sales of Afghanistan's ancient carpet-weaving industry have dropped by half in the past year as war with Taliban militants heats up and neighbouring Pakistan clamps down on border traffic.Prized by buyers as much for their artistry as utility, carpets are still a chief export of the impoverished nation, but their share has shrunk to six percent from 27 percent within less than a decade.War, poverty and the transport constraints of a landlocked country have shredded sales for an industry that experts say dates back at least 2,500 years. Legend holds that ...

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 11:31 IST
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