The real thing is often exotic – a native American tepee, for example, or Mongolian yurt – and borrowed from nomadic cultures. The top-notch version is usually hand-made from traditional materials to provide room-sized spaces, big enough for beds, or even bathrooms. Some have windows and doors, decorative poles and printed linings (the tent equivalent of wallpaper); a decent tent is dry, waterproof and tough enough to withstand a semi-permanent outdoor life.
The versatility, the magic, of the posh tent, is encouraging campers to swap the standard-issue, two-man dome for a spacious tepee or an Indian Maharaja’s shikar (the latter forms the basis of Camp Kerala, Glastonbury’s 72-tent canvas hotel, offering a weekend of swanky camping for
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