For as long as humans have been around, they have sought shelter from the elements. Whether with hide or canvas or even wool or hair, eople created spaces that were portable and protective. As time passed it seems more and more decoration appeared on these living spaces.
Below you will find links to artwork, patterns, general information and more from the earliest known tents all the way to the 17th Century.
The Leonfeldner Schnittbuch – 16th century German pattern book including tents
The SHŌGUN Tent Guide – includes a how to guide
16th Century Spanish Tents – Sleeping Quarters on the Coronado Expedition
The History of Tents By Stephen Francis Wyley
Turkish Cultural Foundation – OTAG-I HUMAYUN
Craft Tutorials – Medieval Pavillion
Building a Conjecturally Period Pavilion – Cariadoc
Stefan’s Florilegium – tents
Tentorium – Iconography – Images of period tents broken down by century
Warm and dry: a complete Roman tent from Vindolanda
The Roman Army in Detail: The Contubernium — tent-party or barrack room?
Comitatus – Research and Reconstruction – The Soldier’s Ridge Tent
Imperium Romana– Roman Tents
Floral Tent Panel – Date: ca. 1635 – Metropolitan Museum
The Battle with the Sagittary and the Conference at Achilles’ Tent (from Scenes from the Story of the Trojan War) – Tapestry – Metropolitan Museum
The Tarp Tipi: A Modern Take on a Classic Shelter Design – Some ideas for building your own structure
Category:Traditional Sami constructions – images as well as links to other Wikis
The Goat Hair Tent of the Nomads – The Ancient Hebrew Research Center
Setting Up Pavilions and Tents – Larsdatter
Deborah and Steve’s Plausibly Medieval Pavilions – an SCA site with practical knowledge for building and using a medieval tent
Medieval and Renaissance Pavilions – class handout from Philippa Montague
Medieval camping adventures – Handcrafted History Blog
Viking tents – Foteviken Museum is an archaeological open air museum that conveys how life might have been in a town during the late Viking Age – early Middle Ages.
Tents & Work Shelters – The Viking Age Compendium
Geteld Stuff: Anglo-Saxon tents
Information on authentic Medieval Pavilions from House Greydragon – Here are some photos of an existing pavillion that is on display at the Historical Museum (Barfüsserkirche) in Basel, Switzerland. 17th Century but there likely wasn’t many changes made in the century leading up to the making of this tent.
KHYAMIYA – rugtracker.com – tent wall and canopy images
Appliques From The Street Of The Tentmakers Cairo Egypt – has historical examples, how to create you own and the full exhibit online
Hegira 11th century Ottoman tent – This tent belongs to the type of double-columned, rectangular tents with an oval floor plan
Met Museum – Alexander in His Tent (?) 1602-1630 – artwork
Met Museum – Mahakala Panjaranatha (Protector of the Tent) -Tibet, late 14th–early 15th century – artwork
Met Museum – Velvet Panel with Hunting Scene ca. 1540 – This polylobed velvet panel is from the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustapha Pasha, an Ottoman military leader