The exotic tradition of tents has touched the spirit and soul of many different cultures, capturing the imagination of nomads and free spirits throughout the world. North American Indians, Bedouins, Romans, Ottomans, Arabs, Tibetans, Mongols, Mughals and Maharajas have all favoured the romance of life under canvas. Today, the tents are still used at palaces, private properties, gardens and resorts. There are still Safari and Tented Camps in India at which travelers are welcomed.
Ceremonial tents became the symbol of wealth and rank and the centerpiece of religion and society - a place to talk, to play, to communicate. Tents were often the most precious possessions - dwellings of both utility and luxury. The history of tents is long and widespread, mentioned in holy literature, recorded in poetry, depicted in art, and used as a form of art in expressing the lives of ancient cultures. The imperial tents used by the Mughals and Sultans were pavilions, walled in by a symbolic rampart of cloth and recognized by their size and the splendor of their decoration - both inside and out. Around the royal enclosure imposing tents of diminishing size belonging to high-ranking officers and officials were grouped together. Within the royal enclosure there were a great variety of tents of differing size and function, including kitchen tents, dining tents, women's tents, bath tents, toilet tents and stable tents.