Megerian Carpet wants to increase output
YEREVAN, September 12. /ARKA/. Megerian Carpet, which used to produce up to 20,000 square meters of traditional Armenian rugs annually before the 2008-2009 crisis at its Armenia-based factories, produced only 1,900 square meters in 2016, Leonid Andreasyan, the company’s production and commercial director said to journalists on Tuesday.
Speaking to a news conference he said the company hopes to produce this year up to 2000 square meters of rugs.
He said before the crisis, the company ran 25 factories in all regions of Armenia providing jobs to 1,500 carpet weavers. Currently, only 3 factories operate in Yerevan, Hrazdan and Vayk with only 150 workers. The company plans to resume the operation of one more factory later this year outside Yerevan, Andreasyan said.
Andreasyan noted that 80% of the hand-made rugs are exported to America, Europe, Russia and other countries.
"I can not say that only Diaspora Armenians buy our carpets abroad. Representatives of other nationalities buy Armenian carpets more than Armenians themselves," he added.
The company was founded in 1917 in New York by the grandfather of the current owner of the company. Today, the business is run by the fourth generation of the Megerian family. The factories of the company are located all over the world: in Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Egypt and other countries. -0-