Shyrdaks, Colorful Kyrgyz Felt Rugs - Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
Shyrdaks, colorfully designed felt rugs, adorn yurts throughout Kyrgyzstan (and other Kyrgyz hamlets throughout Central Asia). The felt is made from sheep's wool and takes a long time to wash, dye, dry and roll. Designs such as this one are normally very bright and are inspired by nature - plants, animals, horns, etc. Some of them reminded us of Native American designs. In addition to being used on the floor like a carpet, shyrdaks are also hung on the inside of the yurt for decoration and for warmth, to block the wind blowing inside.
Read more about our visit to Bishkek and the rest of Kyrgyzstan.