A Shyrdak is the traditional Kyrgyz rug made with thick patterned felt usually in a rectangular shape. Different pieces of coloured felt are arranged in patterns of traditional shapes and symbols which are inspired by nature.
Each Shyrdak is made by hand using ancient skills that are inextricably linked to the nomadic way of life. It is a slow labour-intensive and physically demanding art. The entire process from dying the wool to felting, cutting and sewing is all done by hand using natural methods, skills and techniques that have been handed down through the generations. The felt is made from sheep’s wool, the main livestock of the nomadic Kyrgyz people.
World renowned centre of felt making excellence, Kyrgyzstan is hauntingly beautiful land of mountains and nomads, yurts, rivers and lakes. All products sourced by the Shirak Gallery are ethically sourced, fair trade and sustainably produced.
The Shirdak Gallery, Prinsengracht 192, right in the heart of the Amsterdam’s Canal Belt. Buy online, worldwide delivery.