A giten in Amazigh
giten” in Amazigh. Built by the men and women of the Sahara and more than just a house, the Nomadic Tent helps to strengthen the ties to all the members of a family, friends. In hot deserts, unlike in cold environments, the aim is not to seal oneself up; unlike houses insulated by stone, here the shelter must be ventilated. Thus tents of the nomads offer a temperate refuge, provided they are open to create a draught that evacuates the heat. The darker the canvas, the warmer the surface, and the greater the convection movements. And the canvas fan is efficient. In summer in the desert, the thermal amplitude varies from 59 F at night to a heat of 130F during the day. The fire is a welcome way to warm up at dusk, but not only. Cooking too and lighting. First straw mats are laid on the sand, then cotton mats and finally woollen carpets. This makes it possible to sleep on the floor, with or without a sheep’s wool blanket. When you get up after a soft night, prepare to drink plenty (up to 10 litres of water per day) and warm. And yes, the Bedouins have made hot tea a real ritual, and drink it several times a day: it stimulates perspiration to evacuate heat. In the end, the hot drink turns out to be refreshing. Paradoxical! The Berber tent is made of a mixture of goat and camel hair. From 157 to 236 Inches, the chefs’ tents can be up to 472 Inches in size. They are erected using 2 pillars, which are attached to each other with a rope. The tent is fixed to the ground with pegs, the only thing in common with our classic holiday tents) For those who wish to get rid of the bustle of the city and experience the calm of the Sahara, even if it is only for a night or several days, you will be able to disconnect from city life. A place of generosity, it is mounted high up so that passing guests can see it from afar and be welcomed in this place where they can find shelter, food and protection. Three basic elements are inseparable from the Sahaouie culture: tea (the drink), the refuge (the tent), and the dromedary (the companion) whose meat and milk are two fundamental sources of food. The tent is the product of a mobile architecture, specific to populations in perpetual movement, and is solid, beautiful and useful: in accordance with the requirements of nomadic life. It is solid, beautiful and useful: in accordance with the requirements of nomadic life, it is ecologically sound, fits into the landscape and leaves few traces. We are a long way from our classic houses, which have a “carbon footprint”. In many countries of the world, not only in Africa, there is this nomadic way of life. For example, Asia with the famous Mongolian Yurt. The latter is heavier than the Amazigh tent. These “mobile homes” all have in common the welcome of the whole family, creating a conviviality in all simplicity. Our tent, transportable on camelback, can be set up in a minimum of time so as to be protected from the sun and desert sandstorms. The Amazigh tent (Free People). The nomads move their livestock over time and live a life of simplicity, welcome and generosity. In Morocco you can discover this way of life, during excursions, holidays for example. Our tent at the Riad (which took 1 month to weave using a mixture of 1320 pound of goat and camel hair) will allow you to live this enriching experience during a tea, a Moroccan dinner, or a simple moment of idleness.