“Unique felt rugs that combine fair trade with high-end design”
Magnificent in both contemporary and traditional interiors
Shyrdaks look magnificent in both contemporary and traditional interiors, whether used on the floor or as wall hangings.
The patterns combine ancient symbols to tell stories of life in the Mountains of Heaven. Sheep, goats, deer and camels feature alongside flowers, trees and streams, with villages of yurts on high mountain pastures, overseen by soaring eagles.
Additional designs are continually being sourced and may be imported to order. Shyrdaks of different sizes, colours and patterns can also be commissioned. Accessories include beautifully crafted cushions and large floor cushions.
“These days, among sophisticated consumers, provenance counts. So when it comes to these extraordinarily decorative felt rugs it’s nice to know they’re handmade by nomadic peoples from the remote Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan”
Lucia van der Post
Financial Times – How to Spend It
Traditional Felt Rugs – ‘Shyrdaks’
Felt sells felt rugs or ‘shyrdaks’ made entirely by hand by nomadic women in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, a former Soviet republic which became an independent country in 1991.
The rugs are traditionally made to insulate and decorate the circular tents – or yurts – that the nomads live in.
Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and Marco Polo would all have seen and most probably slept on shyrdaks as they passed through the region.
Today they are still made in exactly the same way as they’ve been made for at least the last 2,500 years.
Felt is committed to ethical commerce, paying a fair price for all products and services purchased in Kyrgyzstan. Felt sources and imports shyrdaks with full accreditation from the Kyrgyz government.
We welcome trade enquiries from shops, interior designers and architects. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Tim Moock.