Felt insulation is what makes the yurt warm during cold Mongolian winters. Making felts from sheep wool is a craft of thousands of years. Because of yurts covered with felt were so ubiquitous, Mongolia was referred to as “the felt nation” in some historical documents. As yurts are thousands of years old, so are the felt making technology. Yurts are still ubiquitous in Mongolia, and there still are many people in Mongolia who knows the traditional technology of making the felts.
We use in our yurts felt made on special order to the largest carpet producer in Mongolia. Felt produced on special order to this company is several times more expensive than the felt supplied by small, household-level producers. However, it is money well spent because the felt made this way does not emit unpleasant odor as these cheap felt do. This is because the wool for felt is washed at similar level as wool for carpet.