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Artisan: Hand Felted Shrydak Rugs from Kyrgyzstan

These handmade felt rugs are traditionally made by women in nomadic tribes in Kyrgyzstan, which is a country of rugged mountains and extreme weather in Central Asia.  These sheep's wool rugs are called Shyrdak Rugs.  The group that made these rugs, which was formed more than a decade ago, is comprised of women who work in small groups from their homes and they live near a small town in northern Kyrgyzstan that is on the Silk Road.  These rugs are durable yet soft and warm on your feet!