The modern yurt has evolved from its origins with the nomadic Central Asian tribes; both the Mongolian Ger and the Turkic Uy are forerunners of what we now call the yurt. The modern fabric yurt is like its nomadic predecessor in most ways, except that canvas or synthetic fabric replaces the felted wool exterior. Many of the new yurts have a central plastic dome skylight and windows that let in lots of light, making them much more open and airy than the darker, womb-like nomadic yurts.
The form and structure of the portable yurt is simple, light-weight, strong, and ingenious. Typically a circular lattice framework creates the walls, and poles radiating from the top center ring slope down to connect with the walls. The key to keeping this shape stable is a cable that girds the ends of the poles where they meet the walls, and this holds the roof under tension.
Portable fabric yurt kits are available in many colors and come with a variety of custom options from companies across North America. These yurts are affordable (costing about the price of a new car) and can usually be set up in one day after the platform is built. Hard-shelled, more permanent yurts are also available and these can withstand more severe weather. Most amenities available in conventional homes can be found in both the fabric and hard-shelled yurts.
A yurt with a colorful roof
yurtinfo.org Becky Kemery's thorough and informative site devoted entirely to yurts, including their history, design, and how to build or buy them.
groups.yahoo.com A yurt discussion forum.
yourtent.com Yurt design, construction and sale.
rdrop.com The story of building a Pacific yurt.
forloveofyurts.com describes why author Bruce Sargent wrote his book "For Love of Yurts"
yurts.com Pacific Yurts made in Oregon
goyurt.com Go Yurts are made in Oregon.
yurtworks.com in Oregon
blueridgeyurts.com Blue Ridge Yurts in Virginia, USA.
laurelnest.com in North Carolina
coloradoyurt.com Colorado Yurt Company.
rainieryurts.com Rainier Yurts from Washington state.
smilingwoodsyurts.com in Washington state.
spiritmountainyurts.com Spirit Mounbtain Yurts in New Mexico.
tiopanchosyurts.blogspot.com Tio Panchos Yurts in New Mexico.
thenomadyurt.com The Nomad Yurt made in California.
yurtpeople.com from California
lightfeetyurts.co/ made in California.
nomadshelter.com Alaskan yurts.
alternativebuildings.com fiberglass yurts
suntimeyurts.com has traditional yurts; located in Seattle, WA.
yurtco.com made in Canada.
lfy.ca Littlefoot Yurts in Canada.
groovyyurts.com imports yurts from Mongolia.
albioncanvas.co.uk Albion Canvas yurts are made in the United Kingdom.
yurts.fsnet.co.uk in the United Kingdom.
highlandyurts.co.uk Highland Yurts in the United Kingdom.
yurtworks.com The Goulburn Yurt Works in Australia.
greenhs.com.au Green Habitat Solutions in Australia.
yourtes.fr French manufacturer of yurts.
yourte-contemporaine.fr French manufacturer of yurts.
vivrelayourte.fr the World of Yurts in France.
zeltwelt.ch German manufacturer
mongolyurt.com Mongol Yurts in Germany.
ulaantaij.com Authentic Yurts made in Mongolia.
samarmagictours.com Mongolian Artists' Aid Foundation sells authentic yurts.
vishai.com imported to the USA from Mongolia.
yurt-ger-yourte.com ships yurts by the container to many places around the world.
nooitmeerhaast.nl yurt company in Belgium.
solongoscamp.com Korean yurts.
yourtent.com from the Czech Republic
yurtworkshop.com based in Spain.