The Red Tent Company - Yurts

Yurts are traditional round frame tents, which have been used in many varieties over centuries throughout the whole near and far east.

Throughout the last few decades, they have been rediscovered as a simple, strong, and beautiful shelter with the magic that it brings being in a round space.

Even though the Mongolian GER can still be called the most common and most widely spread yurt shape, there are plenty of other shapes, with differences in shape of the roof rafters, wheel construction and more.

In Britain, the Turkmen Yurt with its single bend roof rafters, has become the most common shape. It is the shape we build the most, and we love it, giving you more headroom by the walls, and the curve in the roof is adding to the atmosphere.

Taste is unique though and so are our structures. We very much prefer building bespoke structures which exactly suit your needs and aesthetics. Even if its something we haven’t done before.

Most parts (other than the door) we make from ash wood, which is very strong and durable. Due to their long fibers, ash poles have the tendency to never break, which is why ash is being used for bows as well.

Our frames are treated with several coats of linseed oil, which makes them highly durable, and easy to maintenance. Simply add another thin layer of linseed oil, making the yurt frame a little better each time you do it. We recommend about once or twice per year.

Any frame is a bespoke project, for prices and timescales, please get in touch!

European Climate

Our yurt covers are usually made from 12oz (410g/m2) poly/cotton, which is made to withstand European weather conditions to the very best. It also breathes, which very much reduces the hastle that comes with having condensation inside the yurt.

These covers need weathering, which means, the stitching holes need to seal up in the first couple of rains, but then these covers are dripfree, and have a great climate. If you need extra insulation for use in cold winters or hot summer, we offer 100% woolfelt insulation. Other bespoke solutions available as well.

Yurt covers for existing frames

Yurt frames, when treated well, will usually last a lifetime or longer, but the covers will not. Depending on quality, location and treatment, they may have a lifetime of up to ten years, but not forever. UV and humidity do their thing over the years. Above that, the covers of imported yurts are often not suitable for the European climate, which is another reason why we also offer bespoke made to measure yurt covers for already existing frames. Third, there are a lot more people out there who can handle working with wood and may have time and enthusiasm to build their own “home”, but don’t have the experience needed for sewing waterproof heavy duty covers. Well, we love to help out.

If you have a yurt that needs new clothing, simply send us some pictures of it and the diametre of your yurt, and we will get back to you with a rough quote with options like colours and designs, extra windows, felt, cotton liner etc.

Once you decide you’d like a cover made by us, and what colour it should be, we will provide guidance about how to measure the frame.

Our measurement sheet contains all we need to be able to sew a cover, that neatly sits on your unique yurt frame.

Our quality standard is as high as it could be, and we would not be satisfied, unless the cover sits on the frame perfectly like a glove. That is said, after the first rain has done its shrinkage. Therefore we’ll ask you for the best care you can when measuring your frame, as it ensures the ideal cover in return.


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