A Traditional Yurt (Ger) is the principal and classical dwelling of Mongols, Turks, Huns, and other steppe nomads. It is well suited to the nomadic way of life in conditions of typically continental climate. In modern America, the yurt has come to be recognized as an elegant and durable structure for low cost lodging or luxurious camping.
The true Mongol design is unmatched by anything manufactured in an American factory. It has proven to survive anywhere from the harshest Siberian winters to the hottest deserts. The yurt has served as barracks for the fiercest warriors of Genghis Khan and as the Pleasure Dome of Xanadu.
Our products are hand made in Mongolia and imported here in the United States. Yurts (Geruud) differ in sizes. The smallest yurt has 3 walls (khana) though some are made with 5 smaller walls to more easily maintain their round shape. This yurt is mainly used as a traveling tent while battening animals on remote pastures. Commonly used yurts are 4 and 5 wall yurts that fit an entire family. These are widely used in modern Mongolia, even in the outskirts of the capitol city of Ulaanbaatar.
The lattice walls are made with rawhide knots. Rafters, poles, roof ring and door are individually painted in traditional Mongolian motifs. Supporting ropes are made of hand woven horse hair. The tent walls are made of canvas and come with a stitched on decorative pattern. Also included is a square cover (urkh) for the roof ring. Felt walls can optionally be ordered for the most effective insulation.
Mongolian yurts are hand made by skilled artists and craftsmen (and women) using largely traditional methods. Wood is treated in old style and after the paint application, it is still dried out in the sun.
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