Yurt History and Tradition

The territory associated with the Central Asian Nomadic Trellised Tent, the unique 2,000 year old domed shaped design, is widespread across Central Asia.

Yurt Territories and Silk Routes

Yurt Territories and Silk Routes


Nomadic tribes of the Near East and Central Asia, from China to Turkey, the Altai Mountains in the North to Afghanistan, have for several thousand years lived in the Yurta or Ger (dwelling place). The yurt is traditionally covered with thick layers of felt and is especially adapted to withstand severe cold and extremely windy conditions. During hot summer months particularly in Mongolia, the wall felts may be replaced by reed or sedge screens to keep the yurt cool.
09-A-traditional-Kyrgyz-yurtA Yurta, Djurt, Ger or Boz üy will typically house one family with several children and probably an elderly relative. The yurt is usually put up with the door facing south or towards a river. The space inside is very well organised and everything has its place.

Among Mongolian people, whose religion is mainly Buddhist, an altar with statues and lamps traditionally occupies the space opposite the entrance. Among Islamic Turkic people such as the Kazakhs or the Kyrgyz, this area may have a wonderful display of bedding and textile work to show off the skills of the wife of the family.

If you are are interested in gaining a small insight to modern day Kyrgyzstan life please read Paul’s account Yurts, Walnuts and Mulberries – A Journey through Kyrgyzstan detailing a recent trip there.