Subsequently, an application, on behalf of Meeras Carpet Weavers Industrial
Co-operative Limited which was designated as registered Proprietor of Carpet
GI, was filed through K&S Partners, Intellectual Property Attorneys, in the GI
Registry, Chennai on 01-06-2015 for registration of Kashmiri Handknotted
Pursuant to above, the meeting of Consultative Group was called by
Geographical Indication Registry on 02-09-2015 in its office at Chennai. The
Consultative Group comprised of technical and legal experts, representatives
of applicant and Director IICT, Srinagar. The Consultative Group sought
necessary details on the process of Kashmiri Hand Knotted Carpet and its
uniqueness/specialization etc. The same were replied/clarified on the spot by
the Director IICT, Srinagar, on behalf of the applicant.
After threadbare discussions and deliberations, the Consultative Group
accepted the application for Registration of Kashmiri Hand Knotted Carpet
under Geographical Indications of Goods Act with some conditions.
Thereafter, an examination report was issued by GI Registry on
16-09-2015 for its compliance before publication of application in the GI
Journal, as per the provisions laid down in the GI Act.
After submission of compliance report and in view of the fact that No
Objection was received from any quarter, the GI Registry, the Competent
Authority, issued Registration Certificate for Kashmiri Handknotted Carpets
under Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
on 13-06-2016 under Registration No.527.
For the purpose of Testing, Certification and Labeling of Kashmir Handknotted
Carpets, the up-gradation of existing laboratory of the Institute has been done
by way of procurement of different testing equipments, Development of
Online Cloud based QR Management System alongwith procurement of
specialized destructible Nano-tangent technology based secured fusion labels.
IICT has introduced QR Code based mechanism, first of its kind in the country,
for the purpose of Certification & Labeling of Hand-knotted Carpets produced
in Kashmir. By virtue of this QR Code mechanism, the customer would be able
to check and verify requisite details of a carpet in respect of its
genuineness/authenticity along with other related parameters with the help of
smart phone before purchasing the same.
The QR Code along with registered Logo printed on secured fusion label,
possessing requisite covert and overt information, is to be embossed on duly
tested/certified carpet so that label cannot be copied/misused. Besides, there
is a unique alphanumerical code printed on the label for the purpose of
verification of details of carpet on www.iictsrinagarcarpet-gi.org ,
The above initiative is expected to go a long way in standardizing the quality of
Handknotted carpets which in turn will boost exports of Carpet Industry in the
international market and they would be treated at par with the quality/price of
Iranian and Turkish Hand knotted carpets.
Government of Jammu and Kashmir has introduced Export Incentive Scheme.
Under this scheme, incentive of 10% of the total volume of GI certified
Handicrafts and Handloom products exported to any country ,with maximum
reimbursement upto Rs. 5.00 crores, shall be provided to eligible exporters
registered with Department of Handicrafts and Handloom.
The Department of Handicrafts and Handloom and IICT shall soon be launching
a massive awareness and promotional campaign within and outside the UT of
Jammu and Kashmir through various platforms to popularize GIof Handknotted
carpets so that demand of GI certified Handknotted carpets produced in
Kashmir gains popularity across the globe.