The final washing of rugs is an integral part of hand knotted rug manufacturing.
In the instance of rugs woven in Afghanistan, the vast majority are sent to pakistan for washing and finishing, then assigned pakistani labels when readied for export to foreign markets.
The Pentagon seeks to encourage self-sufficient and sustaining industry of Afghan rug export by creating a contract (worth $1 mil, perhaps as high as $7 mil) for experts in the hand knotted industry to create formal, standardized washing facilities. A contract synopsis on the Federal Business Opportunity website refers to this contact as 'Notice of Intent to Sole Source for Afghan Carpet Industry Overhaul' in an effort to stabilize export in what is largely a rug-weaving country. Measures taken to encourage an efficient mechanism for rugs to be exported directly from Afghanistan will hopefully encourage revitalization in a country at war.
include a minimum of 20 years of hands-on experience in the washing and
finishing of hand-knotted carpets, 30 years' experience in carpet
management production, carpet experience in post-conflict regions, a
minimum of 50 business relationships with high-end retailers in Europe
and North America -- and conversance in French, German and Turkish."