Laleli Textile District
Laleli is located in the old town of Istanbul.The area became a textile district with the beginning of 1980s.The first customers were mostly from Arab and Balkan countries.Now the major buyers are from former Soviet Union and east Europe countries.Official language is Russian and the currency is US Dollars.Making suitcase trade for years now Laleli has approx. 30000 firms in the middle of Istanbul. Laleli identified as Silk Road of this century by store owners. Beside textile companies hotels,coiffeurs,restaurants and cargo companies follow up to give better service to customers. Most of the salespersons are from the countries of buyers.They immigrated to Istanbul to work in Laleli to look after their family in their countries.