FELT... AT YOUR SERVICE
APRIL 9TH 2013
Tim Moock of Felt bought his first shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996. He is now a leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs, made under a fair trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan Mountains, known as the Mountains of Heaven.

Tim’s huge stock of Shyrdaks, in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, is housed in his London showroom. This is open by appointment, allowing him the time and space to offer a one-to-one rug choosing service, including bespoke Shyrdaks made to special commission.

As practical as they are decorative, each Shyrdak takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete. The raw wool is flattened with boiling water, rolled in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged behind a galloping horse. Each Shyrdak consists of a thick plain felt base on to which a surface layer of interlocking coloured felt shapes is bound with strong stitching. The interlocking shapes in these geometric patterns are vocabulary from the ancient language which still forms part of the everyday life of the rug makers. Each of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a unique story and comes with an explanation of the symbols to decode their meaning. Customers can commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes, and even to convey a particular message… a suitably decorated rug would make a really special wedding, christening or housewarming present.

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes typically range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room-sized (2m x 3.5m).

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