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(pronounced yert)

An ancient building structure used by rural populaces of inner Asia, yurts are experiencing a modern day comeback, but with a makeover. Traditionally yurts were comprised of a circular folding lattice framework tented in animal skins, making them portable and appropriate for nomadic peoples surviving in harsh conditions. Now companies exist that manufacture highly engineered yurts for multiple uses (living, vacationing, working) from different materials (wood, stainless steel fasteners, flame retardant fabrics) for varying environmental conditions (high humidity, extreme ultraviolet exposure, harsh temperatures). The popularity of glamping (glamorous camping) has made high-end yurts popular for exploratory retreat and safari vacations, as well as for substitutes for cabins on vacation properties.