TREND: TIME FOR TEAL
SEPTEMBER 25TH 2017

A colour that embodies strength yet has a subtlety about it, Teal is perfect for today’s interiors. Whether planning an entire room scheme based on a lighter turquoise, a pure teal or a deep midnight shade, these beautiful Shyrdak rugs from Felt will lift the whole interior. 
 
Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks come in many colours and in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. 

NEW NEUTRALS
AUGUST 17TH 2017
Fashion colours come and go, but neutrals are always just right...


Alongside its vibrant colourways, Felt always offers an inspiring collection of neutrals made using only the naturally occurring colours in the sheep wool, with no dyes or treatments. Ranging from browns and greys through to cream, they form infinitely subtle and beautiful backdrops for elegant interiors.

Measuring 0.8m x 1.75m these two rugs were cut from the same sheets of felt. Part of the age-old process of making Shyrdak rugs, it creates a perfect ‘positive and negative’ pair.    

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs. 
BESPOKE STORIES
JULY 20TH 2017

Tim Moock of Felt brought his first Shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996 and has now become the leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs. 
 
Felt’s rugs are made under a fair-trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan ‘Mountains of Heaven’. Because each one is individually handmade, Tim often works closely with clients to create bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes. Recent commissions include a large pair of rugs based on antique originals. The client loved the vintage pair, but they were not big enough for her sitting room. Felt re-commissioned the design for them, in a much larger size (2 x 3m) as well as another pair for his own stock (shown above).


Another recent commission was made for a young couple who pledged their troth in a yurt whilst travelling. Now married and back in London, they wanted a rug as a reminder of their life changing trip. Felt created an original rug pattern that described their time in a yurt on a lush pasture in the mountains. The rugs were created in three colourways and the couple liked them so much they chose to keep two!
 
As practical as they are decorative, each Felt rug 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. Every rug 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.  
TREND 2017: NAVY BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK
MARCH 15TH 2017

From fashion and make-up to interiors, 2017 is the year to say hello to navy blue. It’s a great colour to live with - working both as a focus element and as a neutral. And Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs are the perfect way to bring navy blue into the house, giving rooms a rapid fashion update.  

Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks come in many colours and in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs.
FELT RUGS INSPIRE NEW HERMÈS SCARF
FEBRUARY 14TH 2017


Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, was directly inspired by the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s tribal Shrydak rugs. 
 
The scarf was designed for Hermès by artist, Alice Shirley. A fascination with the mysterious Kyrgyz origins of the iconic ‘spotty horse’ led her to Felt’s London studio, with its unique collection of new and antique Shyrdaks. Here she learnt to interpret the symbolism of these extraordinarily decorative rugs, made in the same way for more than 2500 years by the Kyrgyz nomads - guardians of the Tien Shan Mountains and the wild horses.

The applied geometric shapes are a language; bestowing blessings, describing landscapes or telling stories of the nomadic life. Traditionally, Shyrdaks are used inside yurts for insulation and decoration and Alice’s design drew on these images to create a dazzling backdrop for her prancing Appaloosa stallion. 



‘Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection is available in several colourways - uk.hermes.com
TREND 2017: TRIBAL
JANUARY 4TH 2017

One of this year’s key interiors trends is Tribal, a look that is all about authentic ethnic design and colour. Choose any of Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs or cushions to give your rooms an instant injection of tribal style.

Featuring bold, geometric designs which tell stories of nomadic life, Felt’s Shyrdak rugs and cushions come in colours ranging from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals. Offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for modern and period interiors, Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.
RUNAWAY SUCCESS
DECEMBER 5TH 2016

Bring light to a dark hallway or fill an awkward space - runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative.

Felt’s latest collection of Shyrdak runners range in colour from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both modern and period interiors. Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size rugs down to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.

THE FINE ART OF PAIRING
NOVEMBER 1ST 2016

 
Shyrdaks come from the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Hand made from native wool by tribal women using traditional techniques, each felted woollen rug takes a master cutter and her team as much as 20 days to complete.  

The surface pattern of geometric shapes and symbols is hand-sewn to a compressed woollen base. To minimize waste, the applique shapes are cut through two different coloured layers of felt at the same time and then assembled to create a matched pair of rugs in opposite colour combinations. 

The two rugs form a perfect positive and negative. All Shyrdaks offer great decorative potential, but pairs are particularly interesting… Playing games with the eye by being “the same, but different” they create intriguing focal points. 

Available in an extremely wide range of sizes and colourways, many of Felt’s rugs can be bought in opposing pairs. Each design tells a unique story, using symbols to tell stories of life in the Mountains of Heaven. Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs to order.  
WINTER DECORATING
OCTOBER 19TH 2016

 
Choosing rugs and cushions in bold hues and striking patterns will make a room feel inviting, and bring warmth into the home over the cold, dark months. Explore rich colours and layering of textures to create a warm and welcoming space.

Felt’s 
collection of handmade rugs and cushions includes designs that are perfect for keeping the cold at bay, in vibrant festive shades. Made from 100% wool the rugs are wonderfully comfortable underfoot whilst the cushions will help to create a cosy sanctuary.

There is a wide range of designs and colours to choose from, each as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.  

THINK PINK
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2016


Now that pink is officially one of today’s must-have colours in interiors, look to Felt’s beautiful Shyrdak rugs for a great way to get a rapid fashion update, introducing colour, design and texture. 
 
Both bright hot pinks and rich pink/reds are very much part of the traditional colour repertoire of the ethnic tribeswomen who design, cut and sew these unique pieces.  Decorative and hardwearing, they can be used on floors or walls.
 
Amongst its wide selection of Shyrdaks, Felt always stocks a glowing selection of brilliant colours in a wide range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs. Each piece is a one-off; a vibrant work of art which tells a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. 

READING THE RUG
JULY 29TH 2016
Every one of Felt’s Shyrdak rugs tells its own story.  Motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe tribal life in the mountains. 

The rug above tells the story of a typical summer day. The nomadic shepherds have moved up to the high mountain pastures to graze their flocks. They are preparing to welcome guests to their home for Kymyz, a traditional fermented drink.  High above them, acrobatic Merlin falcons wheel through the sky, hunting for food. 

Whether brightly coloured or in muted tones, Shyrdaks’ amazing tribal style brings unique character to walls and floors.  Each rug is a vibrant work of art and Felt’s large collection includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs.
MUSTARD COLOURED RUGS
MAY 27TH 2016

One of the rarer colours the rug makers use is a rich mustard shade and Felt have several rugs in this colourway currently in stock

The big return to colour in our homes has seen mustard gain new popularity. It’s a sophisticated look; a great counterpoint to classic black and white or grey interiors and in richer palettes, gives an exciting contrast to greens and even hot pinks. 

Every one of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.

Felt’s large collection of Shyrdaks includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. 
TRIBAL RUGS WITH RAISED APPLIQUE DETAIL
APRIL 21ST 2016

 
Most Shyrdaks are made exclusively by interlocking pieces of felt, but there are two, fairly rare, traditional designs which also have raised applique detail borders. These add yet another dimension to the character and beauty of these handmade pieces.   

Sewn onto the felt at the end of the rug making, they feature white zig zag borders sewn with either multi-coloured polka dots, representing balloons, or white flowers with pink centres.

The balloon motif evokes the elaborate decoration of tribal yurts for festivals and celebrations, whilst the flower design is a celebration of the lush meadows where the flocks are taken to graze in summer months. 

Left image shows: Raised balloon motif borders represent the nomads’ elaborate decoration of tribal yurts for special festivals.

Right image shows: Raised flower motif borders represent the nomads’ lush summer grazing grounds.
NEW COLLECTION… SMALL RUGS
MARCH 10TH 2016

 
Felt’s latest shipment includes small rugs with a multitude of uses. Their compact dimensions make them immensely versatile, perfect for bringing a splash of colour and interest to hallways, passages or quiet corners. They also make stylish bedside warmers, especially as Felt’s Shyrdaks often come in contrasting pairs. They don’t even have to be on the floor… small rugs can look great as wall hangings too.
NEW COLLECTION… VINTAGE RUGS
JANUARY 26TH 2016

Felt’s latest shipment includes several vintage rugs in rich red, green and orange hues. These have all seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition. These rugs represent the opportunity to own a unique piece of history, bringing real character to a home. 

Every one of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.

Felt’s large collection of Shyrdaks includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. Prices start from £280 and bespoke Shyrdaks can also be made to special commission. 
BRILLIANT BRIGHTS
DECEMBER 14TH 2015

The right rug makes all the difference in a room and choosing a bold, bright rug is the perfect way to introduce colour. Felt’s colourful Shyrdak rugs work brilliantly as statement pieces, bringing warmth and interest to a scheme. Made from thick, felted wool, they are also luxuriously comfortable underfoot.

Amongst its wide selection of Shyrdaks, Felt stocks a dazzling selection of brilliant blues, reds, yellows and more, in a wide range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.

Every one of Felt’s Shrydaks tells a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.


 


 

NEW COLLECTION FROM FELT
NOVEMBER 4TH 2015

Newly arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s latest collection of handmade 100% wool rugs includes vivid designs in a range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.
 


The new collection explores a palette of rich reds and cerulean blue alongside natural undyed white and grey wool, bringing colour and warmth into your home. The collection also includes several vintage rugs that have seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition.
 



NYC DANCE COMPANY USES FELT RUGS
OCTOBER 28TH 2015

 

Felt rugs formed the spectacular backdrop to a Kyrgyz dance performance by a New York City dance company. Images of Felt’s Shyrdaks were used to create the huge collage for the Dream’d in a Dream production by the Seán Curran Company

The Seán Curran Company met Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus in Kyrgyzstan in 2012 as part of Dance Motion USASM, a cultural exchange tour produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Dream’d in a Dream was the eventual outcome of the meeting, featuring nine dancers and six musicians in an American/Kyrgyz creative collaboration with traditional Kyrgyz music, directed by composer Nurlanbek Nishanov with choreography by Seán Curran. Felt’s dazzling wool rugs, known as Shyrdaks, have been handmade by the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan for over two and a half thousand years and were the perfect choice of backdrop for the production. 

 


Dream’d in a Dream was performed at the BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, as part of BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival, showcasing the best in contemporary performance. 
 


Photos by Mark Randall

COSY RUGS FROM FELT
OCTOBER 6TH 2015

A good quality rug brings texture, colour and warmth into the home, especially during the cold winter months. Felt’s latest collection of handmade rugs includes new designs that are perfect for keeping the cold at bay, in festive reds and greens. These 100% wool rugs are wonderfully comfortable underfoot, helping to create a cosy sanctuary.
 



A BRIEF ROUND-UP: LDF 2015
SEPTEMBER 28TH 2015

This year’s London Design Festival kicked off with Decorex at Syon Park. The theme was the future of luxury, with over 300 brands offering their take on luxury interiors. 

Bert & May Space’s ‘Big Box’ greeted visitors outside the entrance to Decorex. The bespoke modular home included two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen living space, with an eco-friendly green roof. We wouldn’t mind one in our garden!

Inside, the entrance featured a sumptuous floral archway designed by florist 
Hattie Fox
 

 
Three of Arc’s clients exhibited at Decorex this year. 
Lapicida launched three new tables designed by Lara Bohinc as part of the Lunar Collection. These were shown on stand alongside a striking green marble bath, hewn from a single block of marble, marble basins and new surfaces for walls and floors.
 



 
Drummonds’ stand backed onto Lapicida’s, with three displays themed around Town House, Country House and Martin Brudnizki’s new collection for Drummonds. Martin Brudnizki designed the stand, with bright blue tiles and chic white panelling on the walls, showcasing new products including a vanity basin and a column shower.
 



 

Felt, exhibiting for the first time since 2007, had a colourful array of Shyrdak rugs on stand, including many new designs. The vivid wool rugs are handmade by the nomadic makers in Kyrgyzstan and Felt ships to clients all over the world.
  



 


Another highlight was Volta's stand which featured a Virtual Reality experience, part of Decorex's selection of interactive installations on the theme of Making Luxury. Visitors donned Oculus Rift headgear and were taken on a journey through a series of virtual rooms with beautiful Volta ceilings. Visitors are encouraged to look up - as Volta's aim is to revive interest in the almost lost art of hand painted canvas ceilings. There was also a craftsman on stand, hand painting a canvas. 
 




Decorex hosted a series of seminars throughout the four days, with speakers such as designer Abigail Ahern and Hatta Byng, editor of House & Garden. We attended ‘Luxury For Ever’, a talk chaired by Studio editor Kate Burnett on how we can create a sustainable approach to luxury design.

Elsewhere, Design Junction ran from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th at two new venues – Victoria House and the College, formerly the home of Central Saint Martins. Victoria House hosted retail brands, with lots of shopping opportunities, including Lara Bohinc’s new collection of desktop accessories for Swedish company Skultuna. Members of the public can bid for one of the customised Eames elephants on display, the work of leading designers, artists and architects, with profits going to ‘A Child’s Dream’ project, in support of 
Teddy’s Wish.
 



 

 (Vic Lee creating a typographic mural)

Across the road in the College were the more trade focussed design brands, such as Fritz Hansen, Vitra and Objekten. The College has been largely disused since Central Saint Martin’s moved to new quarters in Kings Cross in 2011 and the venue provided a characterful backdrop to the exhibition.

Over in Clerkenwell, 
Temper Studio and surface designer Anna Glover teamed up for 'Span', a week long show at Craft Central in Clerkenwell. We attended the late opening, which showcased the beautiful Span Daybed, hand crafted from British Oak, Ash, brass, concrete and silk. The silk upholstery was designed by Anna Glover, recent winner of a 2015 Elle Decoration British Design Award.
 

OUR CLIENTS AT DECOREX 2015
AUGUST 25TH 2015

This September, three of our clients are exhibiting at Decorex, the leading interiors event for design professionals. Historic Syon Park will host the four day event, the theme of which is ‘the future of luxury’. This year Decorex will be held at the start of London Design Festival, kicking off a week of design events across London. Showcasing exciting new collections and collaborations, our clients’ stands promise to be unmissable.

Lapicida: Stand E21

Always a major attraction at Decorex, Lapicida’s stand again demonstrates a perfect mastery of natural stone, transforming it from the rawest of materials into fascinating and luxurious products which underline the company’s British craft heritage.

The centre of the stand acts as a virtual mirror, on either side of which freestanding pieces and surfaces repeat in different materials. The counterpoint to this symmetry is the engaging asymmetry of the random patterns which nature forms in stone.

Highlights include the new ‘Lunar Collection’ - part of the ongoing design collaboration between Lapicida and jewellery designer Lara Bohinc. The Lunar Collection introduces the Half Moon dining table, the Sun and Moon coffee table (shown below) and the Full Moon side table. Also on display will be new stones for walls and floors and new objects including tables, baths and vanity basins.

 


Drummonds: Stand D20

Drummonds’ Decorex 2015 stand has been designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, heralding the beginning of an exciting product collaboration between the prestigious designer and this luxury bathroom brand. Interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki is the name behind glamorous interiors including Scott’s, The Ivy and Soho Beach House Miami. His contemporary take on traditional design melds perfectly with Drummonds’ classic, handmade bathrooms.

The complete ‘Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds’ collection launches in 2016, but three elements from the collaboration are previewing at Decorex. The stand showcases these alongside Drummonds’ many other new products, from an imposing new freestanding shower to the complete Chessleton brassware collection including a new column shower. Other highlights include Drummonds’ first bathroom lighting collection and the new Wye bath (shown below), an even deeper and wider version of their famous Usk bath.


Felt: Stand J40

Exhibiting at Decorex for the first time since 2008, Felt is showing an inspiring range of new and vintage rugs and cushions. Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering decorative possibilities for contemporary and traditional interiors. Perfect for floors and walls, sizes go from small (0.8m x 1m) up to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger. The first company to import these works of art direct from their makers in Kyrgyzstan, Felt has built an international clientele of interior designers, architects and individual clients. Projects include prestigious hotels, embassies, offices and private homes.

Felt always holds an extensive stock of rugs, with regular consignments of new pieces, but clients can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.

FELT AT DECOREX 2015
JULY 23RD 2015

The nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan have made Shyrdak felted wool rugs for over two and a half thousand years. Still made outdoors by tribal women, each rug takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete, cutting and stitching complex geometric shapes onto the flattened felt base. Every Shyrdak tells a unique story, using design motifs from an ancient decorative vocabulary.

The first company to import these works of art direct from their makers, Felt has built an international clientele of interior designers, architects and individual clients. Projects have included prestigious hotels, embassies, offices and private homes.

Exhibiting at 
Decorex for the first time since 2008, Felt is showing an inspiring range of new and vintage rugs and cushions. Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering decorative possibilities for contemporary and traditional interiors. Perfect for floors and walls, sizes go from small (0.8m x 1m) up to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger. Felt always holds an extensive stock of rugs, with regular consignments of new pieces, but clients can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.
 

HANDMADE IN KYRGYZSTAN
JULY 13TH 2015

Shyrdaks were traditionally made by Kyrgyz nomads to decorate and insulate their yurts. Today they are still made entirely by hand, using the same methods and techniques that have been used for the last 2500 years.
 


The rugs are made by small teams of women, with one ‘master maker’ who negotiates the pattern and meaning of the rug and draws the pattern on to the felt with chalk before cutting out.
 


Each rug is made from raw wool which has been flattened with boiling water, rolled up in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged across mountain pastures behind a galloping horse. The surface felts are coloured, traditionally with natural dyes made from roots and fruits, and then used to create geometric patterns which are bound to the base with strong stitching.
 

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Felt also makes bespoke rugs to special commission.
 


The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger.

NEW RUNNERS FROM FELT
MAY 26TH 2015

Whether bringing light to a dark passageway or filling an awkward space, runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative...

Beautifully complementing traditional or contemporary interiors, in town or country, Felt’s Shyrdaks tell a unique story. The cut out patterns are full of symbolic meaning; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art and a Shyrdak’s hardwearing quality means these runners can be used in the busiest parts of the house.

 

NEW COLLECTION FROM FELT
APRIL 14TH 2015
Freshly arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of handmade rugs includes vivid designs in a range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.

The latest collection explores a palette of rich cobalt and vibrant turquoise alongside natural undyed grey wool, guaranteed to bring colour and warmth into your home. The set of rugs shown below are created by cutting a pattern through three different coloured sheets of felt, the pieces are then separated and recombined to create three rugs in subtly different colourways.

Each rug is a work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative. The rugs complement each other as part of a set or work equally well as individual pieces, perfectly at home in contemporary or traditional interiors.

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