All the wall tents I've experienced use tightly woven cotton canvas. It's not waterproof like coated nylon, but it is highly water resistant, while also being breathable. Taught pitching is essential for maximum weather resistance.
For long term established camps I've seen them pitched under an A-frame with blue tarps -- but those where winter/ski camps and the A-frames purpose was supporting the snow load.
Ditto above Scout camp experiences plus Elk camp for the last several falls. IMHO, cotton wall tents are great. IF. The IF's are as follows:
1) Correct care and storage is a must. Simply put, a damp garage is going to give you a bad outcome much like putting one away wet. A wood or plastic tote will help keep critters away.
2) Correct pitching to avoid stretching and sagging over time. Cotton tents don't perform as well when pitched on hillsides or swales.
3) Take time to make sure that the frame fits your tent.
4) Cover the top with a vinyl or plastic tarp to extend the life of the investment.
5) A soil cloth sewed along the perimeter is worth paying extra for as it improves the livability.
6) Another extra to consider is a covered porch or cook shack extension.
7) Think about door zippers vs ties, windows or not, and side vs roof smoke stack hole.
8) DON'T SAVE 200 DOLLARS ON AN INVESTMENT THAT SHOULD LAST GENERATIONS.
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