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Yurts - Full Info

Thanks for your interest in our yurts; hopefully this detailed description will answer all of your questions.

Image © Jeff Frame We will handpick your yurt according to size and interior colors of your preference. The inside walls are fully lined with handmade kilims (woven carpets of goat hair) traditional to Central Asia yurts. The kilims combine striking colors and intricate geometric designs while also insulating the yurt. Also there are plenty of tassels hanging from the roof and an interesting cross-cross design of bands of small colorfully woven fabric making an elaborate and ornate showpiece of design in the area directly across from the door (seen in the second picture). Also included is one large colorful felt rug with geometric designs to provide cushion and warmth as a sitting rug. The walls are made from poles of hardwood that are crossed and attached to each other with strips of camel leather to make a collapsible piece of a frame. The door is put up and a piece of frame is tied onto both sides using horsehair rope. Then each section is then lashed together in a circle to form a sturdy wall. Next long bentwood poles are tied to the frame and connect into a circular center piece. After everything is lashed together tightly the frame is covered by a thick sheep wool felt cover consists of different sections that overlap and cover the entire yurt. The top center circle has its own felt covering that can be untied and pulled back to let in a nice amount of light, enough to do all daily activities on a sunny day and in case of rain you can simply tie it back and the yurt will withstand the rains.

All of these original and handmade designs will take your imagination away and transport you to the days when Marco Polo visited the nomads of Central Asia in their yurts 700 years ago. The yurt is a magnificent den of refuge where you can relax and while away the time or you might want to take it a bit further and customize it with pillows and rugs from your own collection to make it truly your own. The yurt is a great place to entertain, paint, drink tea and read, a meditation and yoga spot, a party room, a kidís playhouse, an artistís studio and gallery, a unique bed and breakfast, a hunting lodge, or whatever your heart desires; the possibilities are wide open. Each year more and more Kazakh nomads decide to abandon their nomadic ways and by purchasing a yurt you will be preserving a unique piece of cultural heritage that is gradually disappearing. One day these yurts could be lost to us forever. In this respect these yurts will have character and a certain charm to them that you will never be able to find in a new yurt.

Image © Jeff Frame The yurts range from 15-25 feet in diameter (176-490 square feet) and between 10 and 12 feet in height (the smaller the diameter the taller the yurt, to a point). It might be possible that we find one up to 30 feet, if so desired. You decide the size and the main colors and designs for the carpets and we will find you the best yurt for you. Since they are handmade and not new they will all be different in certain aspects. Some yurts have colorful designs on the outside; some are white because they have thin covers over the felt while others are more the more traditional natural brown of the felt walls. Some yurts may have a felt door cover while others will not. You decide what you are looking for and we will try and handpick the best of the yurts that we locate.

These yurts are not tents in the traditional manner. Though they are used by nomads who go from one place to another they usually use camels that to carry the yurts and the rest of their belongings. These yurts, especially the felt walls, weigh a good bit (possibly 600-1000 pounds) yet can be packed up and put in the bed of a truck for easy transportation (see photo). Setup takes three to four people around four hours to get everything setup properly. Included will be a video of Kazakh nomads putting up a yurt with each step explained and detailed on the screen as well as an accompanying set of written instructions.

As these yurts come from dry arid climates I cannot guarantee that the felt will withstand the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest, but it could be possible to buy a waterproof canvas cover and just use the felt as insulation in the winter or never even use the felt. The felt will withstand a few weeks of rain if the sun comes out afterwards for a few days the felt will dry itself and be as good as new. Felt is prone to being eaten by moths while in storage but rarely has a problem while the yurt is standing, though this is another matter to consider. The felt on a nomadís yurt is constantly being altered since they are forever on the go therefore it is hard to say how long the felt on a yurt in America will last, especially if the yurt is used only part of the year. Last the yurt does not come with a floor, most people place theirs on a wooden platform similar to a freestanding porch and then cover that with a pad and then place carpets on the top for decoration. Nomads place their yurts directly on the ground and use the carpets as their floor. These carpets are walked on without shoes to preserve the carpets and to promote general cleanliness. In most Kazakh yurts there is very little furniture since it is hard to transport from place to place, therefore no furniture will be included with the yurt.

From the port the yurts will be taken to a holding area. From the holding area it will be your responsibility to either get the yurt or have it shipped to you. We will pay for all the customs and charges in Central Asia. All customs fees in the United States will be divided equally among the five yurt owners.

Thanks again for your interest and please contact us with your orders or inquiries at yurts@stantours.com.
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