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Hand made products from the tribal areas in Central asia

Handmade Tribal products from Central Asia

Since 2000 Shirdak has been totally in love with hand made products from traditional tribal areas, most of it in Central Asia. Continue reading

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Horse riding, it is just going!

Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is like riding a bike in The Netherlands

Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is like riding a bike in The Netherlands

As a child I wanted to learn horse riding but I never got further than the horse of the carousel in our amusement park. Continue reading

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A flash back of my trip in Kyrgyzstan

The best moment to go to the Burana tower is after 4:00 pm. The sun is getting down and the light is amazing soft.

The Burana tower is a large minaret in the Chuy valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country’s capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. Continue reading

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Back home

Back home

back home for decorating the shop with the exhibition Tratteggi

Felt for Architecture’s new collection Tratteggi is absolutely fabulous

Back home , the shop was waiting for me, the program told me that we had to open an exhibition. Felt for Architecture designed a new collection called Tratteggi. Continue reading

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From Spring to Summer but first my trip to Central Asia

a felt carpet in along the road in Kyrgyzstan

a Shyrdak felt carpet in Kyrgyzstan


This year I was very early with my yearly travel in Central Asia. It was still cold in the mountains but everybody was happy to see me. Continue reading

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Tratteggi at Shirdak June 16th – August 18th 2012

felt wall hangings of Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier

Felt for Architecture

Also this year we have the pleasure to present the newest work of Felt for Architecture called Tratteggi. The research of Claudio Varone in collaboration with Anneke Copier continues to explore the ancient felt techniques with a personal and contemporary interpretation.

The collection Tratteggi gets its inspiration from the modern art and the nomadic craft. The concept of graphic lines of colors which comes back in all textiles shows a strong monumental, abstract, three-dimensional character.

Claudio Varone started his project Felt for Architecture in 2003. He creates a collection of carpets and three-dimensional wall hangings in felted wool, to “dress” spaces, walls, floors, to evoke, to protect and to tell a story.Colors and shapes originate mainly from the contemplation of the Mediterranean landscapes, a story of the everlasting memory and passion of the artist.All pieces are unique, made of wool, sometimes combined with cotton, silk and other natural fibers, using traditional techniques.The intention of the artist through this project is to introduce the art of felt within spaces, with all its tactile visual and acoustic features, and with the overwhelming power, magic and sacredness of the South.

Anneke Copier has been exploring her passion for felt for more than 27 years. In January 2000 she opened her own studio.She has developed her own innovative expression of the ancient Central Asian technique of felt making. She designs unique clothing which fits like  a second skin.Different kinds of wool in combination with other natural materials such as silk and flax give her creations a unique and special warmth.

Since the beginning of 2006 she works at Claudio Varone’s project Felt for Architecture.

Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier

New collection 'Tratteggi'

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The meaning of patterns in felt rugs


shyrdak with patterns of hospitality

Left: border with symbol of hospitality. and in the middle the sheeps's horn. Right: symbol of blessing

Next week, I am off to Kyrgyzstan again. Trying to find nice felt rugs, pillows and ottomans.  Continue reading

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Hungary and the link with Central Asia


hungarian crafts with Central asian design

Felt art from the hungarian hat millener Zsofia Marx

Once I traveled in Hungary, on a local market I was impressed by the crafts such as the leather, linen, ceramic and felt products. In the contemporary leather and felt arts the connection with Central Asia is often visible in the patterns that are used.

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Felt road in Kyrgyzstan

De vilt route van Kyrgyzstan

Shyrdaks from Kyrgyzstan in Magazine ZIN

Stef Verhoeven has written a great story in the Dutch Magazine Zin edition april 2012.

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New Spring collection Shirdak rugs

Spring collection shirdak

Beautiful blues from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan

A couple of days before leaving to the Selvedge Fair in London, our new Spring collection of Shirdak rugs arrived.  I had a quick look in the boxes but only now I had time to describe them and place them on our redesigned shop online.

the new Shirdak felt carpets of 2012

The new collection of Shirdak rugs gives you a real spring feeling

Together with the workshops, we tried designs in new colour combinations. The results  are a welcome addition to our collection. The fresh orange and off-white colours give you a real Spring feeling.

The Scythian design rugs in pink turquoise looks modern and make a perfect combination with metal and industrial furniture.

funky colour combination in shirdak rug

Scythian design in funky colour combination

This time, we also produced the traditional carpet in multicolour as the Kyrgyz and I always love. These big shirdak are of an exquisite quality of felt.

traditional shirdak rugs in multi colour

New collection of traditional shirdak rugs in multicolour combination

A small collection of farmer rugs also arrived. These rugs are made by the locals in small villages, felting, dying sewing their own sheep wool. All unique adorable items.

It’s great that already a few were sold.

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