"As early as the 1700s, Sayed Mohammed al-Attar established the House of the Perfumer in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sayed Mohammed wasn't originally a perfume maker, he was a religious scholar with an interest in chemistry, botany, and biology.
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At that time the ottoman empire was the pinnacle of perfume development and empire followed the steps of the fathers of perfumery and Jabber bin Hayan. though this was almost a thousand years after Al-kindi and Jabber bin Hayan the most to chemistry and perfumery. The Ottomans loved perfumes and many of the sultans were directly involved in the development and the establishment of perfume distilleries.
dream was happening, and he took the advantage of his life he attempted some of the most difficult and demanding and worked with some of the most intricate and exotic materials. musk, ambergris, oud, and sandalwood. Based on the recorded his family have he has attempted some of the most challenging perfume distillations.
traveled to India to learn the arts of distillation then to
wrote and taught the science and art of perfumery and many of his apprentices moved to other places and regions and masters themselves, some moved to Baghdad and opened the perfume market in which still exists, some moved to Damascus and opened some of the oldest attar shops in the city, and some moved to and
His teachings were both spiritual and symbol of the prophet Muhammad, therefore, rose oil and rose water are highly esteemed and often used in religious ceremonies and rituals throughout Turkey and the Middle East.
Musk and how the scent of heaven is made from musk and the power and healing properties musk has to the body and the mind. is not widely known that year during the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, the black cloth of the Ka’ba (the holiest shrine in Islam, located at the mosque in Mecca) is sprinkled with rose water brought in from in Saudi, Iran or Turkey, and rose oil is in Ka’ba’s oil lamps to some of his work is still present in the family archive and considered by many as the crown jewel of the modern art. ancient methods and the modern scientific approach toward perfumery.
So people may wonder, why the house of the Perfumist is currently in the USA even though it was originally established in Istanbul turkey, the reason is that the current owner and his family all moved to the USA many years ago, where he studied and lived and moved his business, not only to introduce the art of attars and natural perfumery to the world but to be with his family who is currently residing and living in
owner and Perfumist of the house the 6th generation master Ali Attar is still the maker and producer of the majority of the
of their work is extremely limited in quantity and extremely high quality, even though the majority of us probably won't be able to afford any of their exotic and sometimes pungent oils and perfumes, but for those who appreciate their work and art and have a passion for this kind of perfumery they are considered the undisputed benchmark of quality.
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