Italy Textile Market

Italy Textile Market Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Report: By Raw Material: Cotton, Chemical, Wool, Silk, Others; By Product Type: Natural Fibre, Polyester, Nylon, Others; By Application: Household, Technical, Fashion and Clothing, Others; Regional Analysis; Market Dynamics: SWOT Analysis; Competitive Landscape; 2024-2032

Italy Textile Market Outlook

The Italy textile market size reached approximately USD 25.67 billion in 2023. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% in the forecast period of 2024-2032, reaching a value of around USD 34.29 billion by 2032.


Key Takeaways

  • Italy’s textile and fashion sector is undergoing a tremendous transformation due to the integration of advanced technologies such as nanotechnologies.
  • Customers are increasingly on the lookout for apparel, supplies, and accessories with the “Made in Italy” tag and ethically sourced materials.
  • Italy is the second largest producer of textile finishing machinery globally, accounting for a share of 17%.


The textile and fashion sector plays a major role in Italy’s economy. The country is home to globally renowned fashion brands and occupies a unique segment in the global textile market. The growth of the Italian textile and fashion sector is contributed by factors such as creativity and talent. Italy has the presence of 45,000 textile and fashion companies with a majority of the companies small in size, 82% have fewer than 10 employees and 16% are medium-sized.


Some of the factors driving the Italy textile market growth are the adoption of technology in textile manufacturing, demand for sustainable textile production, and demand for technical textiles in various end-use markets, such as construction, automotive, biomedical, and hygiene products.


Key Trends and Developments

Growing demand for technical textiles, the adoption of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), and the presence of several textile manufacturers drive the Italy textile market development.


Date Company Details
September 2023 Durst Durst, an Italy-based industrial printing specialist acquired Aleph, another Italian textile and industrial printing company.
June 2023 Luigi Fedeli e Figlio Prada and Ermenegildo Zegna have collaboratively secured a minority equity interest in Luigi Fedeli e Figlio, an esteemed Italian knitwear company celebrated for its exceptional yarn craftsmanship.
March 2023 Holding Industriale Holding Industriale, an Italian private equity firm, has broadened its fashion subsidiary, Holding Moda, through the acquisition of a majority 51% stake in Beste, a specialist in textiles and garment finishing based in Tuscany.
March 2023 Burberry Burberry acquired Pattern SpA, its Italian supplier, in a transaction valued at EUR 21 million. This strategic acquisition is expected to bolster Burberry's technical outerwear capabilities and further integrate sustainability practices into its entire value chain.



Trends Impact
A growing demand for technical textiles Around 25% of Europe’s technical textiles output (25.8%) is produced in Italy. The production of technical textiles comprises approximately 22% of Italy's textile production and the country holds the top position in Europe and ranks fourth globally in this sector.
Sustainability in textile production The Italian textile and clothing sector is widely adopting sustainable raw materials as one of their means for sustainable textile production.  For instance, in 2022, Klopman International manufactured around 30 million metres of fabrics using sustainable raw materials.
Research and innovation in the market The textile market in Italy is witnessing an increase in research activities in two areas. These include innovating textiles from various materials like hemp and linen and investing in machinery to support textile production.


Italy Textile Market Trends

The rising need for technical textiles across various industries, ranging from apparel to automotive, filtration systems to medical and biomedical applications, has spurred increased investments in this sector. Consequently, technological advancements are progressing, with a focus on developing high-performance functional textiles that can interact with both the human body and the environment.


The Italian fashion manufacturing sector, already substantial, continues to expand at a remarkable annual rate of 11.1%. This growth cements Italy's position as one of the leading manufacturers in both Europe and the global arena. Furthermore, the country holds exceptional expertise in clothing manufacturing.


Figure: Italian Textile Manufacturing Districts

Italian Region City Producer of
Piedmont Biella Wool

Bergamo, Brescia, and Castel Goffredo

Busto Arsizio


Textiles, Hosiery



Veneto Vicenza Wool
Emilia Carpi Knitwear
Tuscany Prato Carded, Mixed


Market Segmentation

Italy Textile Market Report and Forecast 2024-2032 offers a detailed analysis of the market based on the following segments:


Market Breakup Categories
Raw Material Cotton, Chemical, Wool, Silk, Others
Product Type Natural Fibres, Polyester, Nylon, Others
Application Household, Technical, Fashion and Clothing, Others
Region North-west, North-East, Central, and South


Household is further divided into bedding, kitchen, upholstery, towel, and others whereas technical segment is categorised into construction, transport, protective, medical, and others. Additionally, fashion and clothing are divided into apparel, ties and clothing accessories, handbags, and others.


Polyester is expected to hold a significant Italy textile market share as it is widely adopted to produce technical textiles

According to the Italy textile market analysis, the production of technical textiles represents a significant portion of the Italian textile production. Polyester is strengthening its position in the technical textile market, owing to its characteristics of UV and chemical resistance, lightweight and hydrophobicity, ideal for packaging and greenhouse structures. Further, the low cost of polyester due to its chemistry promotes its use in clothing.


The Italian fashion market is currently focusing on sustainability fuelling the demand for natural fibres. Natural fibres are also softer and more comfortable than synthetic fibres and offer better temperature regulation. Nylon is a cost-effective alternative to silk and finds use in sportswear, socks, and stockings, among others. The trend of health consciousness among Italians creates demand for sportswear, aiding nylon consumption.


Fashion and clothing is a prominent application of textiles in the textile market in Italy

The fashion and clothing segment is a crucial contributor to the Italy textile market growth. The Italian districts are known for their textile production and recycling expertise. Companies performing recycling include NAZENA srl, OM Text Tiles Recycling Import – Export, among others. Como is known for silk printing, Prato for its fashion woollens, and Biella for its fine wool textiles, Prato is at the forefront of fabric recycling handling approximately 15% of the world’s recycled clothing.  Emerging Italian fashion designers such as Simone Cracker are increasingly adopting sustainable practices like upcycling and recycling with the rising sustainability concerns in the garment sector.


As per the Italy textile market analysis, Italians adopt high-quality fabrics, such as light organza, leather, and velvets to adorn their homes. Companies such as Cogal s.r.l. and Fabe S.r.l. provide a wide range of fabrics for household purposes including bedding, and bath towels. Italy is a significant textile producer in the EU and globally.


The technical textile sector is also experiencing robust development due to an increasing demand for fabrics that provide performance and functional benefits. For instance, wearable monitoring systems made with smart textiles that are integrated with sensors can monitor the heart rate. The wide range of applications of these performance materials in end-use markets, such as healthcare and transportation is rising and stimulating continuous research in the field of technical textiles.


Competitive Landscape

Players differentiate themselves through the quality of raw materials, strong customer base, and partnerships.


Company Name Year Founded Headquarters Products/Services
Ratti S.p.A. 1945 Como, Italy Fabrics, Accessories, Licensed Brands, organic silk, linen, cotton, wool, etc.
Vincenzo Zucchi S.p.A 1953 Lombardia, Italy Bed linen, towels, and living accessories.
Lanificio Fratelli Balli S.P.A. 1948 Prato, Italy Recycled cotton and wool, etc.
Fulgar SpA 1977 Catel Goffredo, Italy Yarns and materials include, Q-CYCLE®, Q-SKIN®, EMANA®, Q-NOVA PURE BLACK BY FULGAR®, Q-NOVA® MÉLANGE, Q-NOVA®, EVO®, AMNI SOUL ECO®, and TASLAN fibres.


Other key players in the Italy textile market include Successori Reda S.p.A., Aquafil S.p.A., Caleffi S.p.A., and OVS S.p.A., among others.


Italy Textile Market Analysis

North-West is expected to hold a significant Italy textile market share as it houses several textile producers

North-West’s Piedmonte houses 1,400 textile companies. It offers a complete production chain for the clothing sector, from textile machinery and raw materials to fabrics. Further, the textile and clothing sector in Lombardy in northwest Italy consists of 15 thousand companies and 97 thousand employees located in the provinces of Milan, Varese, Brescia, and Como. Silk made from Como in Italy is widely renowned for its quality and elegance and hence is widely used in the creation of dresses, scarves, ties, and accessories.


According to the Italy textile market analysis, the Campania region located in the south of Italy is widely renowned for its creativity, materials research, and craftsmanship, and has the presence of well-established excellent and high-quality manufacturing. As a result, about 10% of the Italian companies are located in the Campania region. Moreover, about 22% of the companies in Campania are engaged in the manufacture of leather while 53% of the companies are engaged in the manufacture of clothing articles.


The Emilia-Romagna region in the Northeast part of Italy is widely known for its high-quality manufactured textiles, clothing, leather garments, shoes, bags, accessories, and jewellery. Vittorio Veneto region, also known as the wool district, aims to re-propose and incorporate traditional craftsmanship methods for the manufacture of non-dyed, ecologically sustainable fabrics making the region stand out among the mass-manufactured textiles from other regions.


According to the Italy textile market report, the rise of fast fashion has led to a significant environmental issue as it results in the increased disposal of lower quality textiles in landfills causing pollution. With the rising need for safeguarding the city from environmental pollution, Prato in Tuscany is widely engaging in recycling used clothes into knitwear and wool, contributing to the circular economy initiatives laid out in the country.


Key Highlights of the Report

Base Year 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Raw Material
  • Product Type
  • Application
  • Region
Breakup by Raw Material
  • Cotton
  • Chemical
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Others
Breakup by Product Type
  • Natural Fibre
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Others
Breakup by Application
  • Household
  • Technical
  • Fashion and Clothing
  • Others
Breakup by Region
  • North-West
  • North-East
  • Central
  • South
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • Ratti S.p.A.
  • Vincenzo Zucchi S.p.A
  • Lanificio Fratelli Balli S.P.A.
  • Fulgar SpA
  • Successori Reda S.p.A.
  • Aquafil S.p.A.
  • Caleffi S.p.A
  • OVS S.p.A.
  • Others


Italy Textile Market Report Snapshots

Italy Textile Market Size

Italy Textile Market Trends

Italy Textile Market Analysis

Italy Textile Companies


*At Expert Market Research, we strive to always give you current and accurate information. The numbers depicted in the description are indicative and may differ from the actual numbers in the final EMR report.

1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers    
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Market Snapshot
7    Opportunities and Challenges in the Market
8    Europe Textile Market Overview

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Europe Textile Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    8.3    Europe Textile Market Forecast (2024-2032)
9    Italy Textile Market Overview
    9.1    Key Industry Highlights
    9.2    Italy Textile Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    9.3    Italy Textile Market Forecast (2024-2032)
10    Italy Textile Market by Raw Material
    10.1    Cotton
        10.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.2    Chemical
        10.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.3    Wool
        10.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.4    Silk
        10.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.5    Others
11    Italy Textile Market by Product Type
    11.1    Natural Fibre
        11.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.2    Polyester
        11.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.3    Nylon
        11.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.4    Others
12    Italy Textile Market by Application
    12.1    Household
        12.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.1.3    Breakup by Type
    12.2    Technical
        12.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.2.3    Breakup by Type
    12.3    Fashion and Clothing
        12.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.3.3    Breakup by Type
      Ties and Clothing Accessories
    12.4    Others
13    Italy Textile Market by Region
    13.1    North-West
        13.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.2    North-East
        13.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.3    Central
        13.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.4    South
        13.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
14    Market Dynamics
    14.1    SWOT Analysis
        14.1.1    Strengths
        14.1.2    Weaknesses
        14.1.3    Opportunities
        14.1.4    Threats
    14.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        14.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        14.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        14.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        14.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        14.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    14.3    Key Indicators of Demand
    14.4    Key Indicators of Price
15    Trade Data Analysis (HS Code: 5903)
    15.1    Major Importing Countries
        15.1.1    By Volume
        15.1.2    By Value
    15.2    Major Exporting Countries
        15.2.1    By Volume
        15.2.2    By Value
16    Price Analysis
17    Competitive Landscape

    17.1    Market Structure
    17.2    Company Profiles
        17.2.1    Ratti S.p.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.2    Vincenzo Zucchi S.p.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.3    Lanificio Fratelli Balli S.P.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.4    Fulgar SpA
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.5    Successori Reda S.p.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.6    Aquafil S.p.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.7    Caleffi S.p.A
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.8    OVS S.p.A.
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.9    Others
18    Key Trends and Developments in the Market

List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Europe Textile Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032 
2.    Italy Textile Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032 
3.    Italy Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Material Type (USD Billion), 2018-2023 
4.    Italy Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Material Type (USD Billion), 2024-2032 
5.    Italy Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Product Type (USD Billion), 2018-2023 
6.    Italy Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Product Type (USD Billion), 2024-2032 
7.    Italy Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Application Use (USD Billion), 2018-2023 
8.    Italy Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Application (USD Billion), 2024-2032 
9.    Italy Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Region (USD Billion), 2018-2023 
10.    Italy Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (USD Billion), 2024-2032 
11.    Major Importing Countries by Value
12.    Major Exporting Countries by Value
13.    Major Importing Countries by Volume
14.    Major Exporting Countries by Volume
15.    Italy Textile Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

In 2023, the market attained a value of nearly 25.67 billion.

The Italy textile market is assessed to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% between 2024 and 2032.

The market is estimated to witness healthy growth in the forecast period of 2024-2032 to reach about USD 34.29 billion by 2032.

Textile is a flexible material composed of a network of natural or artificial fibres, called yarn.

Italy’s textiles are renowned worldwide for their excellence, quality, and tradition. Italy handcrafted items are also made with meticulous attention to detail and finishing.

The market is being driven by the growing fashion and apparel industry, high consumer disposable incomes, and Italy’s dominance in textile research and innovation.

The key trends aiding the market expansion include the growing shift towards sustainable and organic textiles, increasing sales through online platforms, and incorporation of advanced textile production technologies.

The major regions in the market are the North-West, North-East, Central, and South.

Cotton, synthetic, wool, and silk are the different material types used in the market.

The key players in the market are Ratti S.p.A., Vincenzo Zucchi S.p.A., Lanificio Fratelli Balli S.P.A., Fulgar SpA, Successori Reda S.p.A., Aquafil S.p.A., Caleffi S.p.A, and OVS S.p.A., among others.

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