Our shop Shirdak situated in Amsterdam

shirdak located on the prinsengracht 192
shop shirdak in Amsterdam

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.


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Shirdak situated on the Prinsengracht 192 in Amsterdam
Shirdak situated on the Prinsengracht 192 in Amsterdam


Eclectic Images at Shirdak

Photographs of India by Thomas Cole

Saturday August 3rd until September 28th 2013

Shirdak is happy to present Eclectic Images by Thomas Cole. It’s a unique series of photographs taken in India.

Eclectic Images by Thomas Cole
During August and September 2013 at Shirdak Amsterdam

Photography has been something in which I’ve always had an interest. Now, after many years, I have chosen to pursue my passion for this art form. With a renewal of my travels overseas, and the acquisition of a professional SLR camera, I want to share some of the best images that have appeared before my eyes and was fortunate enough to have captured (Thomas Cole).

photo exhibition by Thomas Cole
photo exhibition at Shirdak

photograph on the right; Quiet Surprise

Taken in South India, in Karnataka State. When I spotted this girl walking through a park, I knew I wanted to capture her image, but did not quite know how to do so. I found myself walking on a parallel path to hers but about one step ahead, turned on my camera and got it ready, then suddenly dropped to one knee and aimed it at her. She spotted me out of the corner of her eye, whipped around to look at me, and this is the image I shot. Both of us were equally surprised – me with the result and her by me.

The tribal textile and rug dealers are a rare specimen. Most of them are intuitive and intellectual at the same time. Selecting, searching for the one item never found, they are more observers than people people. They ask themselves questions: what is it, where is it from, is it old, what does it mean, is it worth something? These observers with a good eye for details are interested in the story behind what they see. Most of them are travelers. From there it’s a small step to photography or writing.

Thomas Cole is a private antiques textiles and rugs dealer for the last 20 years. I met him in his private gallery in San Rafael (California). Although I am not an antique rug dealer, I am crazy about textiles and the collection was beautiful. I was having a great time looking at all items and listening to the stories.

Cole specializes in tribal weavings and textiles mostly from Asia and Central Asia. He has lived much of his life in Asia, including Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and Thailand. He wrote two books on antique Tibetan rugs, Dream Weavers and Patterns of Life, as well as numerous articles for Hali, the London-based magazine on antique oriental rugs and textiles.


During this exhibition we show some beautiful traditional textiles from India.


Casual Passers

Shyrdak the kyrgyz feltcarpet
shyrdak felt carpets along the road

Every year, when I am in Kyrgyzstan I try to see as many shyrdak as possible.

Sometimes it drives the chauffeur crazy, because he had to stop every 5 minutes when I see a shirdak hanging over a fence in one of the villages we pass.

There is a huge diversity in color and design. This time I spotted also a couple of alla kiizz, the feltcarpet in a different technic. Of course I did not buy these casual passers, they belong to the inhabitants of beautiful Kyrgyzstan . But it inspires me to make new designs and color combinations for the new collection of shyrdak in my shop Shirdak.

shyrdak felt carpets made in Kyrgyzstan
The shirdak felt carpet spotted along the road in Kyrgyzstan

Shirdak at Asia House Fair in London

Shirdak in London
Shirdak at the Asia House Fair in London

On this fair we will present the Kyrgyz arts and crafts, like the hand made felt carpets, the so called Shyrdak/Shirdak. We also bring nice and cozy pillows and slippers. And a selection of our tribal textiles from Central Asia and from the Chinese Miao tribes.

On all our fairs the beautiful felted birds are never missing.

Come over to London 12-14 april 2013 and visit us.

The fair takes place at Asia House on 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP.