It was the beginning of the Kyrgyz tradition to decorate their yurtas with mosaic-designed nags (shyrdak) and to use beautifully colored strips of cloth to keep the assembled parts of the yurta together. The latticed top of the yurta was usually covered with ornamented mats. Being made of |leather and wood, household utensils were safe and unbreakable during transportation.
Kyrgyz carpets — «kiyiz» and «shyrdak» — are made of warm felt and are always richly decorated. Shyrdak is made with the help of a mosaic technique of application, based on a patchwork of felt pieces with multicolored threads. Ala-kiyiz is made by ramming and rolling multi-colored fur into a friable felt base. It is famous for its cleanness of line and its fuzziness.
Mats and screens, as a rule, are a whole art composition, made by braiding chiy grass stalks with multicolored fur. On homemade machines, women wove from thick threads the braid (boo) for various ornaments. They embroidered with fur and gold thread on leather, felt, chamois and canvas.