I wish all my readers a wonderful 2015
I am happy that my work in this world is; to search, find and show you the beautiful textiles, mostly from Central Asia. Read more Largest collection shyrdak felt carpets in Europe
Our shop Shirdak has been situated in Amsterdam for more than 10 years now.
Amsterdam is very popular among tourists. The 17th-century centre is unique in the world. The canals with the merchant houses along it look very romantic in every season.
Shirdak is very proud to be situated along one of these beautiful canals, the Prinsengracht number 192.
Opposite our shop is the old Wester Church dated 1631. For a long time it was the largest protestant church in the world. The Wester Church has the highest church tower of Amsterdam; it cannot be missed.
Another important sight-seeing venue near our shop is the Anne Frank house. This is the house where Anne’s family was hiding from the Nazi prosecution during WW2. It can be visited in its original state. In the famous diary of Anne Frank the church is mentioned many times.
The Prinsengracht is the longest of the three main canals. The other two are the Keizersgracht and the Herengracht. This 17th-century project took 50 years to dig. The bridges around our shop across the Prinsengracht connect you with the old Jewish area: the Jordaan district.
Beside this historical location of our shop, with its interesting sightseeing spots, the area is great for shopping. In the Nine Street shopping area, on the Rozengracht and in the Jordaan you will have a great time in finding original gifts.
And do not miss us, Shirdak at the Prinsengracht 192. Stop for a cup of coffee, a nice chat and enjoy our unique handmade arts and crafts.
Prepare your visit:
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Every year I go to the djailoo,the Kyrgyz alps, to stay in a yurt for a couple of days. Yurts are the felted houses of the Turkish speaking tribes from Central Asia.
My yurt is always at the same family in Kyrgyzstan. Once I slept in a yurt in Uzbekistan, in the middle of no where. The trip was organized by a travel agency. The yurt was beautiful clean and everything, but it didn’t belong to a family. A couple of man working for the agency lived in these yurts. After sunset they had great fun with each other and their vodka drinks. That’s ok when you are traveling in a group, but I was alone and the door of my yurt, as all yurt doors couldn’t be closed. I didn’t sleep well that night.
The shape of a yurt is like the view on the world of the animistic believing tribes. The dome shaped sky en the round flat world.
The round fence has been made of bent twigs. The sticks are tied together with leather, no iron is used in the yurt.
The top of the round dome is open to release the smoke from the fireplace. It is called Tündük. Around the fence the Chii is stretched , it is a mat made of reeds. Sometimes beautiful patterns of wool are woven into the reeds. The threshold is closed by a thick felt door. The outer side of the tent is covered with thick felt, a good protection against the rain and wind.
Inside the women section is at the right, with the kitchen. On the left side we see the garment for cattle breeding and hunting, the section of the man. Opposite the entrance all kind of textiles like carpets, felt rugs, quilts are piled on trunks. The place in front of the trunks is also the place of honor , the place for guests to be seated.
Several felt rugs are put on the floor in the yurt. And of course we have to take our shoes of..
More info on Shirdak, can be read in my blogs about shyrdak felt rugs
Staying in a yurt is very nice experience, the sound in a yurt is because of the textiles soft and the atmosphere is cozy.
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. Read more From Spring to Summer but first my trip to Central Asia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surrounded by nature is our last week in Kyrgyzstan. If you experience the nature in Kyrgyzstan you can also understand the Kyrgyz arts and crafts better. The color combinations in the traditional felt rugs called shyrdak are the color combinations of the hundreds of types of flower species you see in the mountains. Read more Final part of my exciting journey in Central Asia summer 2011