These Shyrdak felt rugs are hand-made in Kyrgyzstan in the traditional style using methods that have been passed down from generation to generation.
When producing shyrdak traditional methods of processing and dyeing of wool are kept and applied for producing of felt as the main raw material for shyrdak. Traditional technique (fretted mosaic) is kept which is widespread in the north of Kyrgyzstan.
In the south of Kyrgyzstan technique of inlaying of color cord (jeek) prevails more. Cutout ornamented motifs from two pieces of felt of different color create composition each of which is its mirror reflection. The same picture stands out in one part as background, and in other part as pattern creating impression of positive and negative pattern. This equality of pattern and background defines artistic peculiarities of goods.
The border bounding the central field as well as the richness of pattern and skilful using of contrasting harmonization have the great meaning in ornamentation of shyrdak.
Patterns: The sample patterns and color combinations you see here are traditional Kyrgyz designs that look good in most western living rooms. Buyers typically choose their pattern and color before Mairam begins construction on your rug.
Positive/Negative Pattern Design: Because each rug is constructed with multiple layers of hand-pressed felt, your order creates a mirrored opposite of itself (see example). The Omurzakova family is grateful when customers purchase both the negative and positive images.