Airbase carpet carpeting supplier carpet beetle eggs are in high demand in Indonesia as the country struggles to control a carpet industry that is suffering from an unprecedented pandemic.
The carpets, which are sold in local shops, are a key ingredient in the country’s aladdin aliyu, or the “magic carpet”, which is a popular dish among locals.
The Aliyu is made with alakan wood chips, which have been treated with chemicals and are made into a white carpet that is then wrapped around a piece of white cloth.
Aliyu in Indonesia is one of the world’s top carpets suppliers, with about $1bn (£700m) worth being produced annually, according to the International Council of the Arts.
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It is made from recycled cotton and bamboo.
The company said the carpets were “the most important commodity” in its supply chain.
The carpet beetle, which is native to the Amazon rainforest, is a pest that has been spreading across the world, and has been responsible for about 20,000 deaths worldwide since 2013, according the World Health Organization.
Its death toll has now risen to more than 50,000, according CDC data.
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