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Central Asia Thick Wool Felt Unusual Handmade Thick Square - $85 (Asheville)

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The size is approximately 18.5" x 18.5" and almost half an inch thick. I just had it dry cleaned. Beautiful vibrant piece! Perfect for an ottoman, a favorite armchair, or for display on those cold, bare walls.
The Kyrgyz traditional art of making shyrdak has been introduced to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
A shyrdak is a Kyrgyz traditional felt handmade rug. It has a long history in Kyrgyz culture. The rug consists of two layers, stitched together by hand to create beautiful quilted patterns. Felt was a popular wool product for Kyrgyz nomads to use to decorate and insulate the yurt, as it was warm in winter and cool in summer. The Shyrdak is the traditional Kyrgyz carpet, entirely handmade from sheep’s wool felt. The knowledge and skills required to make shyrdaks were traditionally passed down from older women to younger women, just as the rugs themselves would be passed down in families. Treated properly, a shyrdak can last more than a lifetime.
The process of making a shyrdak is long and laborious. For generations, women of the community would gather together and work the local sheep wool into colorful felt by hand, then cut out the highly ornamental patterns, and finally stitch all layers together by hand to create the finished product.
Shyrdaks feature a variety of traditional ornamental motifs, all of which are part of a rich, centuries-old tradition and have symbolic meanings. Most motifs are derived from nature, and typically represent animals and plants.
Felt and sheep wool Kyrgyz carpets are well known and popular.
Shyrdak for Kyrgyzstan people. Made using the mosaic technique, cutting felt of one color into felt of a different color –
Syrmaks are well made and very durable. Craftsmen put felt of one color on top of another, apply the conceived pattern and cut both layers of felt according to the pattern. Then a dark felt is inserted into the white felt, and vice versa: into the dark – white. The result is two mirrored ornamented surfaces. Pieces of felt inserted into one another are sewn together, placed on a simple coarse felt, and fastened tightly.
The process of making a shyrdak is long and laborious. For generations, women of the community would gather together and work the local sheep wool into colorful felt by hand, then cut out the highly ornamental patterns, and finally stitch all layers together by hand to create the finished product.


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