For over two and a half thousand years, the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan have created dazzling wool rugs. Called Shyrdaks, they have a tough flattened felt base sewn with geometric patterns.
Shyrdak felt rug, made using the traditional Shyrdak rug-making technique by the nomad tribes of Kyrgyzstan. We at Shirdak firmly believe in Fair Trade partnerships. We work with felt making womens co-operatives in this region of Central Asia to ensure these ancient techniques are kept alive and that the artisans receive fair payment for their work.
Kyrgyz shepherds standing in a pasture with mobile phones, they charge by solar panels. Although the phones are useless for communication, they are used to listen to music and take pictures. Matthieu Paley, National Geographic