Kilimdenim, the first denim factory in Turkey, has been in the industry for 32 years by keeping up with the transformation of denim over time but also remaining true to its essence. Having manufactured denim for the first time 80 years ago, Kilimdenim was founded by Mehmet Kilimci, who was well-versed in the tradition of commerce in Anatolia and gained experience in trade over the years. Between 1972 and 1978, the company of four partners manufactured in Edirne with an interest in wool threads and fabric manufacture in addition to yarns and export.
In 1979, they bought Kartaltepe Textiles. Mehmet Kilimci attended factory tours in Germany and the U.S. to gain expertise in denim, examined the manufacture process and came back to Turkey with innovative ideas. In 1986, Mehmet Kilimci replaced the old systems with a manila system, the first to be implemented in Istanbul. In this era when denim jeans were becoming increasingly popular, the brand first made sales in the domestic market.
Having directed its path towards export in addition to domestic market in the last 7 years, Kilimdenim distributes Turkish fabric to all across the world with years of experience. Despite its innovative investments and trendy collections over the years, Kilimdenim achieves to keep denim’s unique attributes alive as well. Having initiated patented operations in denim manufacture to capture perfect looks, one of Kilimdenim’s most important characteristics, acknowledged by global brands and rivals, is its special finished on fabric. Featuring a capacity of 12 million meters of denim and 6 million meters of non-denim fabrics a year, Kilimdenim adopts the philosophy “not to manufacture much but to manufacture by giving the fabric the value it deserves.”