The Texworld textile fair is to extend its reach to Istanbul next year, offering a new opportunity for buyers from Turkey and the surrounding regions to source international fashion fabrics.

Texworld Istanbul is due to take place from 4-6 November 2014 for the first time at the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention & Exhibition Center in central Istanbul.

In the year after that, it will enter the traditional cycle of fashion fabric fairs and will take place twice a year in Istanbul.

Organiser Messe Frankfurt says the event will feature cotton and blends, denim, shirting, linen and hemp, wools, embroidery and lace, silk, prints, functional fabrics, knitted fabrics, trims and accessories. There will be a special focus on Asian fabric manufacturers.

The fair will target buyers and professionals from Turkey, the Middle East and the Gulf States, Central Asia, Russia, South Eastern Europe and North Africa.

"Istanbul is a very convenient location to reach for all these countries, with several daily flight connections to all major business centres in those regions," says Aleksandar Medjedovic, managing director of Messe Frankfurt Istanbul, the company's Turkish business unit.

He adds that the new event will be a "meeting point for Asian and global fashion fabrics manufacturers and their buyers from those fast-moving regions."

In 2012, the textile industry accounted for 10.3% of Turkey's total export volume. Local fashion and clothing manufacturers use domestic and imported fabrics, with import volumes from Asian manufacturing centres on the increase.