Gift Book

«Shyrdak, the Kyrgyz Felt Carpet»

$81.00 USD

“Shyrdak, the Kyrgyz Felt Carpet” of 360 pages in three languages (Kyrgyz, Russian and English) represents art of the Kyrgyz Shyrdak, which is rooted in the mists of time. 

Within the series «Beauty in Harmony with Nature»

The book is published in order to increase the awareness of the general public about the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kyrgyz people. 

In this book, the majestic and beautiful nature of Kyrgyzstan echoes with the finest examples of the kyrgyz shyrdaks, which patterns hide the sacred meaning of human being on Earth.  The book also introduces the readers to the leading masters of the Kyrgyz shyrdaks, as well as highlights the efforts of various public organizations and individuals to preserve and promote the Kyrgyz shyrdak. 

Most of the materials for this publication were acquired and gathered through an extensive work conducted since the middle of 1980’s by the specialists in handicraft sector. Dinara Chochunbaeva, an expert on development of traditional crafts, is an initiator of “Shyrdak, the Kyrgyz Felt Carpet”. Zhenishgul Ozbekova and Aziza Okeeva, the experts on Kyrgyz traditional culture and intangible cultural heritage, were involved as members of the Editorial Board. 

The research of the Kyrgyz traditional crafts by CACSARC-kg, supported by the Christensen Foundation (2009-2011)

 In order to reveal the richness and diversity of the shyrdaks, an array of experts and scholars in different fields were invited to work on this publication. Designers, photographers, poets, anthropologists and artisans are among the people who contributed to the creation of this book

The book was published by Central Asian Crafts Support Association’s Resource Center in Kyrgyzstan –  CACSARC-kg with the approval of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO, and with the financial support of Karganbek Samakov, a businessman and public person. 

At present time, the Public foundation CACSARC-kg is working on the next books “The Yurt” and “Manas”, which will be published within the same book series “Beauty in Harmony with Nature”. 

Contact phones for information concerning partnership opportunities or purchase of books: (+996) 312 620 385, (+996) 555 960 577, (+996) 550 270 684 

Additional information:


Kyrgyzstan signed the UNESCO Convention on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, thereby undertaking all the obligations and responsibilities, set forth in the Convention. 


The Public Foundation CACSARC-kg initiated the nomination process of Kyrgyz felt carpets to be included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Within two years the team of the experts and leaders of the community based groups of Shyrdak producers with the support of the Secretariat of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO worked on preparation of the nomination file titled «Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak: the Art of Kyrgyz Traditional Felt Carpets”.


At the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in December of 2012, the Art of Making Traditional Kyrgyz Felt Carpets Ala-Kiyiz and Shyrdak have been inscribed in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Endangered and in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. 

Up to the end of 2016

Kyrgyzstan must report to UNESCO about actions was done by country on national and international levels since 2012 to transfer Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak from the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, into the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  

$81.00 USD