• Modern Arabia

    He is on the
    top floor of
    the tallest
    building in the
    world, face to
    face with a
    pristine blue sky. Below
    him is a gleaming
    cityscape of steel and
    mirrors. The sun is
    reflected in the endless facets of
    thousands of man-made surfaces.
    This is how far he has come: just a
    few years ago, he was a slave to the
    sands of the desert; today, he surveys the
    planet from a point so high, Sheherezade
    herself could not have imagined it in her most
    fanciful tales. For a moment, he is a God,
    intoxicated by absolute power, convinced he could leap
    off the building and land on the ground unharmed. But
    then his gaze falls on the sea and he remembers. He
    remembers who he is and who his people have been for
    centuries. The sea - with her endlessly shifting diamond face -
    has been his lifetime companion, seducing him with her nightly
    murmur. She has inspired him to build the most dazzling city on
    earth but she has never allowed him to forget that the waters
    with which she washes his feet are the same as those with which she washed
    the feet of his ancestors. He looks at the skyscrapers, the roads and the
    cars. And he smiles. Because even though the world he has created
    appears to share not a single feature with the one in which he grew up, his
    heart knows that beneath the modern achievements is an oasis. He closes his eyes and
    he is there, sitting outside a tent, running his fingers through the sand, watching the sun
    set behind a dune, the skin of his face burnished by the ancient, golden light.

    Submitted by dareka

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    1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
      Redneck Perfumisto -
      Very interesting stuff. I have to say - if I was a perfumer, I know exactly what I would want to do here. It's a very interesting smell. My interpretation would likely not be skilled enough to get it to where it could fully go, even if I had the perfumery skills. But maybe one of the perfumers wants to take a crack at it, because it's really, really interesting.
    1. Sorcery of Scent's Avatar
      Sorcery of Scent -
      I love this concept - the imagery is very vivid and compelling! I enjoy the contrast your describe between nature and man-made structure, as well as industrial and rural. I would like to see this as a strong contender to be put into production.
    1. dareka's Avatar
      dareka -
      Thanks very much indeed for taking the time to write, Redneck and Dimitri. Even though I say so myself, I would love to see the above turned into a perfume... especially after last night's news footage of two guys Base Jumping off the Burj Khalifa.

      Anyway, now that all the briefs have been made public, I thought people might be interested to see mine in the original submitted version, which also uses colours etc to get its ideas across and makes specific mention of some fragrance notes. Here's a link to the PDF: http://www.dariushalavi.com/modernarabia.pdf

      Good luck to one and all!



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