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 Pakistan on Regional Co-operation for Development 1974
July 21, 1974

Pakistan on Regional Co-operation for Development 1974

Complete set of 3 nos. of commemorative postage stamp on the 10th Anniversary of the RCD :

Chand ChauthaiMedallion and Arabesque carpet : Ali Ibrahim PashaYusuf Durul : Museum of Turkish and Islamic ArtsIssued by Pakistan

Issued on Jul 21, 1974

Issued forTo mark the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Regional Co-operation for Development, Pakistan alongwith the other two member countries, is issuing a set of three Commemorative Postage Stamps of 20 Paisa, 60 Paisa and Rs. 1.25 denominations on 21-7-1974. The subject chosen for this year is “Selected Carpets” of the three countries. The following is the brief description of the subject of each stamp :

The format depicts a classical example of Persian design carpet made in Lahore, which is called “Kashan” design in Iran and “Chand Chauthai” in Pakistan. Its density is 200 knots per square inch and is made of locally spun carpet wool yarn produced in Pakistan and dyed fast with chrome dyes. The size of the carpet is 6 feet (182.88 cm) by 4 feet (121.92 cm).

The design depicted is of Medallion and Arabesque carpet, enriched with metal thread. It is of late 16th century collection of Ali Ibrahim Pasha, at Tabriz, Iran.

Length 7 ft. 5 in. (228 cm.) Width 5 ft. 6 in. (167 cm.)

The stamp depicts an Anatolian carpet of 15th century having a dragon motif, from the collection of Yusuf Durul. The size of the carpet which is placed in Islamic Works Museum Istanbul is 84 cm by 53 cm.

The original carpet has Gordes knots. There are 900 knots (30 knots vertical and 30 knots horizontal) in a space of 10 square centimeters. The warps are double twisted white yarn and the wefts are twisted pink yarn. Double warps have been used after each knot line.

Design : Stamps are horizontal in format. Selected Carpet of each country is displayed in the rectangular space at the right side of the stamp, leaving margins at the bottom and left hand sides. The words ‘Pakistan‘ in Urdu and English appear in the bottom at the right side, while the letters “R.C.D.” in bold pink appear on the left hand strip in the centre with the words ’10th Anniversary’ along the left extremity of the stamp.

The 20-Paisa denomination stamp displays a Pakistani Carpet, while 60-Paisa and Rs. 1.25 denominations depict Irani and Turkish carpets respectively. The name of country appear along the lower left edge of the carpet.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 20 & 60 Paisa and Rs. 1.25

Colour : Process colour (Yellow, Cyan/Magenta, Black)

Size of Stamps : 50.8 x 35.2 m.m.

Size of print : 47.8 x 32.2 m.m.

Perforation gauge : 13 x 13 (C)

Quantity printed : 5,00,000 stamps each for Pakistan, Iran and Turkey

Number of Stamps in each sheet : 50 (fifty)

Process of printing : Litho Offset

Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation LimitedKarachi

About : 

  • In order to promote cultural co-operation, the R.C.D. Cultural Institute with Headquarters at Tehran and branches at Islamabad and Istanbul, carries out systematic research on the cultural heritage of the three member countries besides undertaking studies and write-ups reflecting the traditional common bondage between the peoples of the region. The Institute is engaged in publishing books, bulletins and journals etc. The Institute is expected to play more active role in moulding brotherly feelings and better understanding between the future generations.
  • Trade is a vital actor in regional economic co-operation. Liberalisation of trade and regional orientation of industrial investment policies are among R.C.D.‘s major goals. Apart from the endeavours to lift or lower tariff barriers, action has also been taken to increase the quantum of intra-regional trade by adopting measures such as barter arrangements, multilateral payments arrangements and single-country licensing, etc.
  • The RCD countries are aware of the fact that tourism is a major factor in their economic development and they are eager to benefit from it. Iran, Pakistan and Turkey possess a rich potential and the RCD countries have as such the possibility for tourism which can be developed on a regional level. In addition, the common cultural, religious and historical relations of RCD countries are important factors are promoting intra-regional tourism.
  • For facilitating intra-regional postal exchanges special postal rates have been instituted by the member countries. In order to increase airmail deliveries within the region, the national airlines have adopted time-tables and services to maximise the number of mail flights. It has been a tradition to issue Commemorative Postage Stamps simultaneously by the three countries on the occasion of the RCD Anniversary on the 21st of July each year. The three postal administrations co-operate with each other on a reciprocal basis regarding the sale of both the RCD Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamps as well as exchange other commemorative postage stamps that member countries issue from time to time.
  • Like all other important areas of regional co-operation, technical co-operation was also conceived during the first meeting of the Heads of State in July 1964 who, recognising the intrinsic utility of exchange programmes meant to promote regional understanding and harmony, decided that the member countries should provide technical assistance to each other in the form of experts and training facilities. The programme provides for technical and professional training, technical fellowships and scholarships, besides exchanges of experts.
  • Issued by: The Director-General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.
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