Incredibly strong, Ingenious Structures

    Yurts are known to be one of the strongest and most resource
    efficient structures ever created. This circular, domed canvas and
    wood structure integrates tension and compression components
    that allows the yurt to withstand heavy wind, rain and snow.
    Acclaimed by Architectural Digest as an "Architectural Wonder".
    Yurt's are remarkably strong yet lightweight and as versatile as
    your imagination.

    Yurts: A History
    The first yurts have been traced back to the time of Ganges Khan
    who used a sixty foot Yurt permanently mounted on a wagon and
    puled by Yaks. The average Mongolian family lived in a sixteen
    foot Yurt that could be loaded and moved by two yaks. Marco
    Polo, observing the nomadic people of Mongolia, noticed their
    sturdy, exactly-round tents made of rods, covered with felt, which
    they carried with them on carts. Yurts (or gers, as they are called
    in Asia), are still used today throughout parts of Russia, Mongolia
    and Siberia.

    The traditional yurt walls were made of slats of wood lashed
    together with leather thongs to form a collapsible trellis or lattice.
    The lattice was set up in a circle and the door frame was lashed
    into place. The hub or center ring was set on one or two posts in
    the center of the yurt. Roof poles connected to the hub and rest
    on the top of the lattice. Finally, the entire lattice is bound by a
    tension rope. Covers for yurts in Mongolia were constructed of felt (
    the hair from Yaks), beaten soft by rolling and dragging behind
    Yaks. In cold climates, up to six layers were used for insulation.

    Yurts have been used in some of the most inhospitable and
    barren regions of the world including the deserts of the Sahara
    and Gobi, the Central Asian steppe, and the polar tundras. Yurts
    can be warm in temperatures of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit and
    cool in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
                A Uniquely Efficient Structural Alternative

    The serene, circular space of a Yurt seems to offer a more open
    connection to the natural world. Designed to be versatile, it can be
    used for many different uses.  Whether you want to get closer to
    nature, or simply prefer the cost and space efficiencies provided
    by a unique structural alternative Yurts are becoming a fast
    growing alternative to conventional housing and construction.
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