Raj Tent Club

Established in 1997, Raj Tent Club were the first company in the UK to offer decorative tents, canopies and pavilions to hire for parties, celebrations, corporate events and weddings.

All their tents are made by hand in Rajasthan, India, using natural materials and employing many different local skills; block printing, dyeing, tassel making, embroidery, mirror work, weaving and many more. Made from high quality waterproof cotton canvas, they make a pleasing alternative to the standard plastic marquee.

To compliment the tents, they provide a selection of their signature chill out furniture, cushions, soft furnishings, lighting and accessories, all of which contribute to the unique Raj Tent Club style.

“Our highly professional and efficient team have created wonderful installations for all kinds of celebrations, weddings, christenings, anniversaries, concerts, performances and yoga retreats in the UK, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe and New Zealand. Our tents have also appeared in many television programmes and films such as Nanny McPhee, The Duchess, Bride and Prejudice and Vanity Fair.

The origins of Raj Tent Club lie in Rajasthan, India. During the early to mid 1990’s, our designer Clarissa Mitchell was living in Jodhpur where she was working on a project for the Maharajah of Jodhpur.

Having been inspired by photos of historical Rajasthani tents exhibited at the museum in Mehrangarh Fort, she suggested to the Maharaja that they might together resurrect the lost art of tent making so that he could continue the tradition of tented camps created by his forbears, and as a result create employment in what was then an economically depressed state.

His Highness agreed, and Clarissa’s first commission was to manufacture eighty Shikar tents for the camel fair at Pushkar. Tented camps followed at Nagaur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan as well as yoga retreats and other projects all over India.

In 1996, Clarissa met up with Nicola Marks, our current Managing Director, and together they launched Raj Tent Club in London the following year.

We are proud to have restarted a lost industry in India and to have preserved and continued many skills that were in danger of being permanently forgotten.”

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