In the vast grasslands of Central Asia, from Turkey through to Mongolia and China, nomads have lived in yurts for centuries. A traditional Asian yurt would be made using the most suitable local timber, highly decorated and covered in felted sheepswool.. The yurt would house a whole family and be transported according to the grazing needs of the family’s livestock herd.
Central Asian yurts show great variation in shape, size and decoration, but the fundamental design always remains the same: A central crown is held aloft by numerous rafters which sit on a folding trellis wall which in turn contains the downward pressure of the roof’s weight by means of a taut tension-band attached to a wooden doorframe.
As contemporary UK yurtmakers we hold a great respect for the craftsmen of Central Asia, and find no reason to alter the fundamental yurt design which has worked well for centuries. However we are excited to be part of a modern trend developing a new vernacular ‘UK-yurt’, suitable for our own climate and conditions Our own style of yurt with its high curved rafters, domed roof and elegant steam-bent crown bears a close resemblance to its Turkmen or Kazakh descendants but is made with appropriate materials and modern technology.
We have become leaders in renting spectacular double height festival-style wedding yurts. We have also made giant yurts for other wedding yurt hire companies.