Mongolia may be best known for it’s vast plains and never ending desert landscapes but there is also rich culture in crafts and design hidden inside its homes.
The Ger which simply means home, is a traditional Mongolian wood-framed dwelling structure. It is often wrongly referred to as a yurt but it differs slightly in its design, the Mongolian Ger has one or more columns to support the crown and straight roof poles. While a yurt has steam bent poles stretching up from the ground.
The Ger’s self-supporting wood frame is then covered with pieces of felt and the frame is held together with one or more ropes or ribbons. The structure is kept together by the weight of the covers, sometimes supplemented by a heavy weight hung from the center of the roof (see above).
In our Around the World in 80 Chairs series we’ve come across seating arrangements from all over the globe. This has brought me to discover traditional and contemporary designs from Colombia to Thailand. This lead me to come across some stunning colourful traditional designs from Mongolia.
The furniture ranges from sleek wooden designs to chunky painted chests.
The hand painted patterns almost look like embroidery and the chunky sturdy wooden structures remind me almost of traditional Bavarian country furniture.
The pieces are made for heavy use and are built to last. Nevertheless, the colours and elegant detail make them very striking.
Both the high level of craftsmanship and the influences from both Russia and Asia makes this furniture of exceptional style and quality.