A History ofYurt Glamping
Yurt is now an interchangeable term for a wooden framed structure in Europe.
Originally these structures were known as a 'Ger' which simply means 'Home'. Technically a Ger has straight roof poles whilst a the roof poles of a yurt are steamed and bent round. However, in Europe today the term has be homogenised to refer to the style of structure rather than the specific intricacies of its component parts. Yurts have evolved from the times of Genghis Khan. In fact there is evidence to show yurts were in use 600 BC.
The walls of Mongolian Yurts are made of a wooden lattice framework. The lattice is just the beginning of the ingenious design. Each yurt has a door-frame, roof poles and a central roof crown all of which interlink. As the various linings and canvases weigh down on the crown / rose, the ceiling poles act like the spokes of a bicycle and spread pressure through the structure out to the many points along the lattice walls; this in turn gives the yurt rigidity and stability.
The central wooden 'crown' or 'rose' is steeped in tradition. Other parts of a Yurt would naturally be replaced over time, however the crown or rose would traditionally be passed down from father to son. It is said that a family’s pedigree could be measured by the smoke marks on the crown from the family's central fire.
Yurts are the traditional accommodation of herders so naturally they are designed to be quickly dismantled, moved and rebuilt somewhere else whilst the herder follows his flock. Herders could take as little as an hour to dismantle a traditional yurt, then be on his way to the next spot for new grazing.
As well as the crown or rose, the actual creation of yurt itself is very ritualistic. Families would create a new yurt for newly weds, this would mark the couples passage into married life together, becoming their home and that of their family.
Don't be deceived, whilst yurts may look small from outside, because the do not have interior walls yurts are surprisingly spacious inside – the yurts on our sites easily accommodate four people.
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