عنوان مقاله [English]
Hand-woven Persian carpet as an art and a craft has been long precedent in Iran’s history. Despite of this historical record, there are numerous problems with adapting this valuable hand-woven product with modern international markets to achieve its true position. Therefore this study with the objective of examining the role of carpet hand-weaving cooperatives in developing the exports of this carpet was conducted in 2010. The statistical population was the managers of carpet hand-weaving cooperative companies of Zanjan Province, experts in Zanjan Department of Commerce, experts in the General Department of Cooperation in Zanjan, traders and exporters of Zanjan, and the necessary data was collected from the sample (selected with random sampling method) through 25 questionnaires. The results of the study show that, although carpet hand-weaving cooperatives have improved their role in exports through governmental supports, however because education courses were not export oriented, the cooperatives could not utilized this tool to improve their role in increasing the exports of hand-woven carpets. Also most of carpet hand-weaving cooperatives could not completely identify target market to attend international exhibitions and therefore increase their role in development of hand-woven carpets of the country.