Updated: Mar 7, 2022
Let’s celebrate today with these wonderful Roses from the Moonstar Admani family in the Indus Valley! Featured in our spring issue last year, Saad Admani introduces us into the history of roses and his family’s current-day efforts to ethically revive the centuries-old rose heritage of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Did you know that the first Mughal Emperor Babar (1483–1530) was fascinated by roses to the extent that he gave all his daughters rose names such as Gul- Chihra – rose-cheeked, Gul-Rukh – rose- faced, Gul-Badan – rose-body and Gul-Zar – bed of roses? Then, Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556– 1605) is remembered to date for taking camel loads of roses to present to his allies' wives. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1592–1666) bestowed his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, with luxuries never been given to any living Empress before. It included residence decorated with pure gold and fountains of rose water – and if you visit the Taj Mahal complex built for her body after she passed away, you can see the marble bath, where she took bath in rose water covered with rose petals.
Beyond the historical overview, we also learn about the area’s exclusive hydrosols of the purest quality carefully made with the traditional distillation technique and handmade copper alembics called “Daig”. We are introduced into both the traditional and modern use of fresh and dried Rosa centifolia petals and their pure extracts, and the far reaching complexity of the Indus Valley Rose Sustainability Project - IVRSP.
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