Carrying hay for the winter in the mountains near Tash-Bashat village, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by: Vyacheslav Oseledko

Village people: A man carries hay for the winter in the mountains near Tash-Bashat village, Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by: Vyacheslav Oseledko

Kyrgyz hospitality

'Round, felt-covered yurts have been a centrepiece of Kyrgyz culture for centuries and are a familiar sight throughout the country.

Shyrdak felt rugs - an age-old tradition of the nomadic Kyrgyz people. The interlocking patterns and distinctive borders of Shyrdak combine to create a rich tapestry. The designs incorporate images of sacred myths and symbols, with colours reflecting the balance in nature and the cyclical rhythm of the nomad’s world.

shyrdak felt rugs - L'Aviva Home felt art, known as shyrdak, is an age-old tradition of the nomadic kyrgyz people. part mosaic, part quilt, the interlocking patterns and distinctive borders of shyrdak combine to create a rich tapestry.

Valley of Unicorns, Kyrgyzstan

"Although a cliché, Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as ‘The Most Beautiful…

Tash Rabat is a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai in At Bashy district, Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. The area is a center for hiking and horse-trekking.

Tash Rabat is a well-preserved century stone caravanserai in At Bashy district, Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. The area is a center for hiking and horse-trekking.

"Travelers who reached Tash Rabat have already crossed the dangerous Torugart Pass, giving them the chance to recharge their energy for the next leg of the journey through the Tian Shan Mountains, to pray for a safe passage and to restock on food and water."

Tash Rabat

Discover Tash Rabat in At-Bashi District, Kyrgyzstan: Extremely isolated Silk Road caravanserai in the middle of nowhere.

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