Oriental weaver founder defends carpet scandal, says it was purchased from flea market
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CAIRO: The founder of the Oriental Weavers Group Mohamed Farid Khamis defended a red carpet created for President Sisi , claiming that it was composed of carpet remnants sourced from Cairo flea markets at discount costs.

Egyptian media reported that the carpet had cost $200,000, drawing ridicule for its exorbitant costs, but it was made of residuals of other carpets, costing between 5-11 EGP per meter, and was painted red, said Khamis during a conference on the role of Arab Media in confronting terrorism that was held in Cairo Tuesday.

Earlier this month, local television channels aired footages of the arrival of Sisi’s convoy driving over several kilometers of red carpet in Giza’s 6 October City to inaugurate a number of service projects. The footage sparked a wave of criticism and ridicule on social media.

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