KABUL CARPET EXPORT CENTER
Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC)
Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC) introduces a single point of contact for connecting international rug wholesalers with top carpet manufacturers in Afghanistan.
KCEC works with buyers to place orders, then monitors production through every stage to eliminate any misunderstandings. KCEC's staff also oversee communications between buyers and carpet manufacturers.
KCEC's rigorous quality control system carefully inspects every carpet before it is exported to ensure that it has been made to the buyer's specifications.
KCEC Carpets are shipped via air freight carriers offering preferential pricing. They are wrapped in high-grade material on cardboard tubes so they will be ready to be displayed upon arrival.
KCEC handles all Afghan export formalities and prepares paperwork needed for entry into other countries.
All KCEC orders and designs are kept confidential.
In addition, the KCEC also provides for the first time in Afghanistan a source of working capital for carpet manufacturers to eliminate delays in getting orders fulfilled.
KCEC is managed by Impact Carpet Associates, a partnership of carpet industry veterans with lengthy experience producing rugs in Afghanistan.
The Kabul Carpet Export Center is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Buying carpets directly from Afghanistan has just become easier than ever before. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it will provide funding to set up the Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC) as part of a wide-ranging jobs creation program in Afghanistan.
Our Mission is to bring vision and focus to the rug business of Afghanistan. KCEC will place rug making and distribution models directly into the hands of the Afghan carpet trade participants themselves, thereby creating a true “Made in Afghanistan” product, and, of course, jobs.
Meet the Team
The Kabul Carpet Export Center was developed by carpet industry veterans Rob Leahy, Richard Ringrose, Alex Zahir
CARPET Making History
Carpet-making in Afghanistan dates back some 2,000 years. As waves of migrants from Central Asia moved south into the fertile Persian plateau, they brought carpet-making skills with them. The careful process of tying knots on the warp threads of hand-woven textiles was a highly-valued art with an important practical value: carpets kept floors of mud brick dwellings or felt-wrapped yurts warm while providing an often rare dash of color.
CARPET Making Today
Carpets are made throughout Afghanistan, but most of the carpets that are exported are produced either in Kabul or across the north in a band that stretches from Mazar-e-Sharif to Maimana. During the decades of chaos that began with the 1979 Soviet invasion, a highly complex Afghan carpet-making industry developed that relied on Pakistani exporters to get orders and sell the rugs made by Afghan refugees.LEARN MORE