She made the remarks on the sideline of the inauguration of the first Tabriz carpet exhibition in Tehran on Saturday.
Hand-woven Iranian carpet belongs to the Iranian nation and is a symbol of Iranian culture, she said, highlighting that according to international protocols, sanctions cannot be imposed to whatever belongs to a nation.
US President’s decision to impose sanctions against this iconic Iranian handicraft is a mistake, Dastpak told IRNA.
Iran National Carpet Center will pursue the lawsuit in international organizations, she said, hoping that the related bans would be lifted soon.
Nearly a month ago, the US Treasury Department announced it had revoked licenses to trade in Iranian carpets, pistachios and caviar.
Iranian hand-woven carpets are exported to 80 different countries, with US being one of the leading markets by a total share of 30 percent. The value of this export was around $424 million in the past Iranian fiscal year, corresponding to March 2017 – March 2018.