Thank you for your interest in one of the world’s most practically and attractively designed habitations. The Mongolian yurt, or ger as it is known in Mongolia itself, has been used for thousands of years by the nomads of Central Asia and is still a common sight in many countries in the region.
With its unique design, structure and practical features, the yurt is still a popular habitation. Mongolian yurts (ger) are attracting interest from people in many parts of the world as an ecologically friendly and attractive living space that can be used for a variety of purposes.
The terms yurt and ger are interchangeable and describe the traditional portable Mongolian habitation consisting of a wooden frame and felt walls.
Yurts (gers) are designed to be easy to take apart, transport, and reconstruct. Despite this portability, they are warm enough to keep the coldest winter temperatures at bay and strong enough to withstand strong winds and the demands of a whole family.
The yurt (ger) is a circular structure built using a wooden, accordion frame that can be easily taken down, made compact for carrying, and reassembled. On this frame are placed three to four layers of felt, traditionally made from sheep’s wool, and an outer layer of waterproof canvas. The felt and canvas are secured to the wooden frame and the resulting structure can stand securely in one place for months or even years at a time.
The wooden frame of the yurt (ger) is held together by opposing stresses designed into the structure and by horse, yak and camel hair straps. A central column holds up the struts of the roof, which fan out from an opening that accommodates a stove pipe and can be opened up to the elements on a warm day or covered in the event of rain or cold temperatures. The lower sides of the outer wrapping of the yurt can also be raised to allow air to circulate freely to cool the interior on warm days.
What are yurts (gers) used for?
If you have been to Mongolia, you will surely already have an idea of how you wish to use a yurt. However, we would like to provide some ideas on how a yurt (ger) might contribute to your lifestyle for those who do not have this experience. Although nomads in Mongolia use yurts all year round in temperatures as low as -35 and as high as +40 degrees Celsius, we recommend using yurts (gers) in temperatures between about -10 and +30 degrees Celsius as it takes special care and expertise to keep the interior of a yurt warm during conditions colder than -10 degrees Celcius.
A yurt provides not only the atmosphere of a nomadic lifestyle but has many practical and enjoyable uses for people in North America and elsewhere in the world.
Firstly, a Mongolian ger (yurt) makes an ideal second or holiday home in part because it can be put to many uses. One of the pleasantest ways to make use of a yurt is as a pavilion in a backyard or another spot. The ease with which air circulates through a yurt makes it cool in summer and it can also be made warm when the temperatures begin to fall. You can use a smaller yurt as a bedroom and view the stars in the night sky through the opening in the roof. A yurt can just as easily be used as a kitchen or dining room or a combination of the two; you could even try cooking Mongolian-style barbecue in your Mongolian ger. A yurt can be used as a dining pavilion, a marquee for a family event, or as a playhouse for children. We recommend our paint-decorated or carved yurts with 5 or 6 wall segments (size, prices) for these kinds of uses.
Secondly, yurts can be put to use as the site of a small business or a classroom for seminars and workshops. Yurts are environmentally friendly structures and are perfect for use as temporary housing, a small shop, a festival structure, a guest house, or a holiday home. For this type of use we recommend our paint-decorated or carved yurts 6, 8 and 10 wall segments (sizes, prices).
Thirdly, with its portability and wind-resistance and ease of assembly, a small yurt makes an ideal temporary dwelling place when traveling and is more comfortable and practical than any tent. We recommend our travel yurts (size, price) for this type of use. Our travel yurt is an innovative new type of yurt first created in 2006 by a Mongolian ger craftsman. The yurt can be disassembled and carried in only two bags that fit easily into the average sedan.
A Mongolian yurt (ger) can also be used to provide space for a variety of activities for companies offering recreational services, and they will be a point of interest for patrons. As you may have seen in Mongolia, yurts are commonly used to provide bungalow-type accommodation at tourist camps in the countryside. Yurts are used not only as accommodation but also as restaurants, shops and museums in the land of their origin. If you are interested in using a yurt for a business such as pub and restaurant, we recommend our paint-decorated or carved yurts with 10 wall segments (sizes, prices). An original Mongolian yurt with ten wall segments will contain approximately 20 restaurant tables with five seats each.
Any event focusing on nomadic culture and tradition will also be greatly enhanced with the addition of a Mongolian ger (yurt). If you are a Mongolian citizen living abroad or Mongolia-enthusiast, we would be glad to help you increase awareness and understanding of one of the oldest cultures in the world. We recommend carved yurts with 5, 6 or 8 walls (sizes, prices) for use at special events of this type.
We supply traditional and original hand-crafted Mongolian yurts and furniture to the US market.
We have a broad choice of Mongolian yurts for sale. All of our yurts (gers) and furniture are entirely hand-made and can be modified to suit the customer’s taste. Please visit the “Yurt types” section of the website to see the wide variety of yurts for sale. Our “Photo gallery” section has some nice Mongolian yurt pictures. We hope that you will find our “History of yurts,” and “Yurts and nomads” sections interesting and the “Yurt size” and “Assembling” sections informative. If you decide to buy a Mongolian yurt from us, please visit the “How to buy” section.
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