Kyrgyz culture is based on nomadic traditions that harkens back to the days of the [[Mongol hordes]]. Although modern Kyrgyz people live mainly in houses or apartment buildings, in the summer time it is still possible to observe the native people living in a [[yurt]] with their herds of sheep, goats, horses, and occasionally even yaks. There are a number of yurt camps that cater to tourists in every oblast; some of the most notable (and remote) are in Tash Rabat, the “House of Stones” in Naryn oblast past Naryn City, and in Jety-Oguz (“Seven Bulls”) Valley near the city of Karakol on Lake Issyk-Kul.
Kyrgyz women produce a variety of handicrafts created out of [[felt]], including slippers, bags, decorative panels, traditional hats known as “Kalpaks” and colorful carpets called “shyrdaks.” These carpets are made in a variety of sizes, from foot-by-foot sized to several yards in length. Shyrdaks come in a wide variety of traditional patterns; the Kyrgyz favor brightly colored ones, often combining bright red and green. More subtly-hued shyrdaks, made for foreign customers, can be found in Bishkek, often for a slightly higher price than the more “traditional” carpets. Naryn oblast is widely considered the home of the best shyrdak makers in the country; there are several cooperatives there where it is possible to commission a work specially.