Nic and Hen­ri­etta Fid­dian-Green

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Nic Fid­dian-Green’s can­vas bhurj (right) was a birth­day present from his wife, Hen­ri­etta. “Orig­i­nally, she bought me a pretty lit­tle pavil­ion tent,” he says. “But it wasn’t man enough, so I ex­changed it for a bhurj, which is more heavy-duty, more wild-style.”

A sculp­tor (best known for his bronze-cast horses’ heads), Nic has used his tent as a mo­bile stu­dio, work­ing lit­er­ally un­der cover, while his equine mod­els wan­dered around the field wher­ever the tent was pitched, But more of­ten it is used as a multi-pur­pose sum­mer space.

“The kids play in the tent, we of­ten eat in it, and we’ve had count­less par­ties in it,” says Hen­ri­etta, who has also used it as a spare room. “So many peo­ple have slept in that tent.”

The bhurj was made in In­dia for Lon­don tent com­pany, Raj Tent Club. In plain, cream can­vas, lined with hand-printed cot­ton and dec­o­rated with “bob­bly bits”, it has a cen­tral pole. “The sides roll up so you can use it like a gi­ant para­sol,” says Nic.

Un­til re­cently, the Fid­di­anGreens (they have three chil­dren) lived in a small cot­tage, where the tent made a use­ful gar­den ex­ten­sion.

“It was par­tic­u­larly use­ful when we were do­ing work on the house, giv­ing ex­tra liv­ing space to get away from the builders’ mess,” says Hen­ri­etta.

In the sum­mer, the tent is some­times moved from the gar­den to a sunken wood on the Fid­dian-Greens’ land, where it is trans­formed from din­ing room or play­room to rus­tic re­treat.

“If the mood takes us, we just mi­grate to the tent and camp for the night, or the week,” says Nic. “We also take it to Nor­folk for sum­mer hol­i­days. It is a very prac­ti­cal tent.”

Raj Tent Club: 020 7820 0010; www. ra­j­tent­

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