Indian Tents

To send this summer off in style, I thought I would profile these colorful Indian tents. Most of them are primarily used for temporary purposes such as weddings and parties, but they are so well made and are so beautiful that they could be used as a tiny house – and you would be living like royalty.

Traditional Indian tents were often used as royal structures for the Maharajas and their courts. Ceremonial tents became the symbol of wealth and rank and the centerpiece of religion and society. Tents were often the most precious possessions – dwellings of both utility, luxury and mobility. The history of tents is long and widespread, mentioned in holy literature, recorded in poetry and depicted in art. Today, these tents are still used at palaces, private properties, gardens and resorts.

Most of these tents are handcrafted from strong waterproof canvas and decorated with traditional Indian block designs. Once one of the basic forms of transportable housing, modern-day tents have stepped it up to include floors, decks, kitchens and bathrooms. Some companies even design and build furniture, rugs and curtains specifically for tents.

Several companies design, build and deliver these types of tents all over the world:

Taluka Tents

Maharaja Tents

Sangeeta International

Photos courtesy of Taluka Tents

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Tim - October 11, 2010 Reply

Those are some amazing interiors on those, incredible!

deborah - October 12, 2010 Reply

Yes, these could be some interesting and attractive tiny homes! Any info on heating one for winter? I am assuming they would be treated much like Yurts? Thanks for this article and pics!

alice - October 12, 2010 Reply

I’ve lived in canvas wall tents in the Yukon over a winter and you would definitely want a good, insulated floor. If the tent is not insulated it will get down to the outside temperature fairly quickly once your heat source goes out or use horrendous amounts of fuel if it’s on all the time. Lack of windows might also be a factor during the dark days of winter. As beautiful as these tents look they may not be practical in areas with cold winters or heavy snow loads. Probably not a good idea in bear country either.

Jeri-Lynn Woods - August 11, 2011 Reply

I would think there might be a bit of a security issue as well. Considering how easy it is to break into a house, how hard can it be to break into a tent?

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