is a small cottage business located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North
Carolina. The driving force behind Red Sky is Peter Belt. Peter
started Red Sky in 1995 after moving to Asheville from Colorado,
bringing with him a passion for creating aesthetically pleasing canvas
living structures. He rented a Asheville storefront and started out primarily
making tipis. Soon he experimented with lattice wall type yurts.
idea for the Yome came from a structure Peter had seen in Colorado.
Based on the icosohedran (a twenty sided geometrical figure made entirely
of triangles). Peter built himself a vending booth to use at a local festival
using this same principle. That year, a sudden violent windstorm swept
through the festival grounds, bending and toppling several of the booths.
When Peters booth stood fast, he realized the incredible strength
and simplicity of a triangular framework.
was then that Peter decided to replace the somewhat flimsy framework of
the lattice wall yurt with this more elegant triangular structure. By
combining the best features of a yurt with a dome, the first Yome
was created. Since that time Peter has been perpetually and passionately
refining the Yome concept.
Sky Shelters has recently moved from the original storefront into
an old textile mill that has been converted to provide space for several
small entrepreneurs. Employing a handful of dedicated craftspeople, Red
Sky is continues its original mission: to provide functional and
portable living shelters at a price the people can afford.
to Peter, "The important thing is that we at Red Sky enjoy
what were doing, and that is reflected in the quality and magic of every