Fun Facts about Mongolian Yurts
1.) A Mongolian Yurt is called a "Ger."
2.) Our yurts are made of hand-stripped Siberian pine wood, and camel hide is
used to hold the lattice together.
3.) The "toono" is the circular center of the yurt, held up by two columns.
4.) The toono connects all of the poles together, which connect to the lattice walls.
5.) The entire structure is bound together with horsehair ropes, then covered in a sheep's wool felt layer for insulation, and finally covered in canvas.
6.) The two center columns are male and female, equal size, facing one another, holding up the toono.
7.) One extended family hand-paints all the beautiful design on the poles, toono, and center beams.
8.) The fertility rope is the center rope which always hangs down to the right side of the yurt, by the female center column.
9.) In North America, we make one small change to the traditional Mongolian construction: a layer of waterproofing (Tyvek) between the sheep's wool and the canvas. The Mongolian climate is much dryer than our climate in Texas, so this helps protect the wool from moisture.
10.) Each yurt has a set of "goat doors"inside the main door. When the weather is good, the Mongolians always leave their outer door open, welcoming their neighbors to come in. However, they don't want to invite the goats into their living space, so the goat doors block the goats, but not the neighbors!
11.) The endless knot in our logo comes from the Tibetan symbol for connectivity of all of creation, connecting the earth to the sky, the people to nature, the people to one another, the earthly life to the after life. You can see the endless knot in the beautiful design on Sasha Ger's doors.
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