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Culturally Inspired Creativity

The distinctive arts of Kyrgyzstan are celebrated through our rugs, pillows, slippers' and more that are made with a technique which is an integral part of the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz nomads used them to insulate and decorate their moveable homes and kept them warm in winter and cool in the summer. The process is quite complex and is one handed down from generation to generation. The primary material is merino wool and is sheared from the sheep in the spring. Thereafter, it is washed, dried, dyed, and pressed into wool sheets.  Merino wool’s fine fibers are water-resistant and air-permeable, odor-resistant, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic.

These sheets are hand measured, patterns are hand drawn, the patterns are cut out by hand and hand stitched together onto large pieces of plain pressed wool and create high quality carpets which last for ages.  

 

The 100% Sheep’s Wool Slippers are pressed and shaped into one seamless piece of felt with padded soles which mold to your feet over time. They are for indoor wear and have nonslip pads on the bottom and a slight rise in the back to hold your foot in place.  Care of Slippers: Clean with a dry brush. If a deeper cleanse is needed, hand wash in warm water with gentle soap or shampoo, rinse, shape and dry.

Our Kilim products include the finest quality authentic travel bags, clutch bags, cosmetic bags, ipad bags, purses of various sizes, and coasters. These items are fashioned from remnants of one of a kind Kilim rugs which can be between 30 and 70 years old and Turkish leather.  The rugs come from Turkey and Bulgaria and are handmade in Istanbul, Turkey.  The rugs are made of wool and were used previously.  They have been cleaned and sanitized then repurposed as these fine bags.    

Our Kilim covered travel bags make a great bag for a weekend getaway or for everyday use. A Kilim (a word of Turkish origin), is a pileless textile of many uses produced by one of several flatweaving techinques that have a common or closely related heritage and can be found in parts of Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and China.