You'd think that China's BFF economic relations with Iran might entice Chinese marketers to better inform themselves about target audience.
The Guardian reports that a Chinese clothing manufacturer exported jeans to Tehran bearing the Islamic expression "In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful. The phrase (Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim in Arabic) was prominently displayed on back pockets, which is seen as egregiously disrespectful by devout Muslims. According to an outraged Tehran blogger:
Allah is a respected word that you need to have ablutions before saying. Now it is embroidered on the sitting place of these jeans.
Police seized the garments and arrested three businessmen said to have imported them. The jeans, tailored for women, had sold for around $10-$12. Oops.