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A Medieval Bedouin Tent in Queensland, Australia

It was a brilliantly sunny but wildly blustery day when our Black Wolf medieval group erected their handmade medieval Bedouin tent.

It was a quick dry run just to make sure all was in good working order, so they hastily gathered pegs and ropes, mats and tent and set to work.

First they laid out everything on the grass, ensuring all fabrics and accoutrements were in the right positions.


Then they started inserted poles and lashing ropes, slowly raising the Bedouin tent one part at a time.

Winds buffeted and billowed the great swaths of fabric, but Ann, Neil, Jess, Robbie and Alex persevered until every peg was hammered and every rope tied.

Once the tent was up, temporary pegs (we normally use medieval ones) were pounded deep into the grass to hold the bucking tent in place.

At last everything was in place and the medieval Bedouin tent stood strong and steadfast in the wild winds.

I can’t wait to sleep in it for the first time next weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


Have you ever seen a Bedouin tent before?

  • I would love to make one of these. How did you do it? ย Where can I get the Information? ย  My Household in the Kingdom of Atlantia would love to uses such a Tent for Hospitality.
    Master Achbar Ibn Ali

    • ย That’s great, James! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please email Robbie at and he would be happy to give you all the information. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saeedah Bint-yusuf Ibn-Umar

    Please, please, please blog about how you made this. There are very little resources on the ‘net about these tents.

    • Robbie Robinson

      Thank you for praise of my Bedouin tent. I can really understand your predicament having been in your situation myself. I researched for 18 months finding a hint here, a clue there and many, many blind leads. Finally, with sufficient information at hand, it took another 12 months to bring to fruition.

      A Bedouin tent is made of homespun goat and camel
      hair, spun in a way to breathe in hot conditions yet become waterproof in the wet. Parts that become worn are given other duties. Even methods of fixing it to the ground differ according to the terrain.
      Unfortunately it is not possible to pass such information on at present. It would take a small booklet of text and diagrams. Sadly, that compilation would take me away from my professional duties.

      Perhaps, I should turn the information into a small booklet, but presently, as stated, my professional duties keep me very busy and necessarily, financially stable. Sorry I canโ€™t be more helpful at this point.

      I do intend in the future to produce an ebooklet on the subject and would be happy to add your name to an interest list. Would this suit your needs or is there another alternative?

      Cheers, Robbie.

      • Saeedah

        Thank you very much for taking the time out to reply. Much appreciated.

        I started to compile information on my own blog and whenever I find another blog or pictures or *anything*, I like to add it to my blog. There just isn’t much out there, especially in the way of photographs and details (like how the side walls are attached and held down). I did find one web page a long time ago that included really good step-by-step pictures and fortunately I had the good sense to download the entire site. The site is now defunct, but I have the information and included it in my blog.

        If ebook is what’s convenient for you, that would be great. Yes, please put me on a list. Thanks!

        • That’s great, @disqus_hZQnxAqz2x:disqus ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d be interested in seeing what you’ve collected thus far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bastien

    I am very interested in this question myself and I would love to be able to see one of these tents with my own eyes, and/.or to get some information on how you can sew one yourself. I am building yurts at the moment and I am surprised at how easy it is, so I am confident this shouldn’t too difficult…
    One person mentioned a blog where s/he is collecting the hints s/he finds on various websites, I would be very interested to have a look at it !
    Could someone link it here ? It would be veyr nice !

    • Hi Bastien ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure which blog you’ve heard about, but you can see our tent on display at History Alive at Fort Lytton, Brisbane or Abbey at Bribie Island. ๐Ÿ™‚

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