Sunday, February 1, 2015

The epoch of terror and fear

Alamut by Lorenzo Villoresi


Perhaps one of the most mysterious stories about Iran returns to the caste of Alamut and the Assassins. A castle that bears a very sensitive and considerably important part of history in the history of Shiit Islam and Seljuk Empire(1037-1153 AD in Persia and till 1194 in Anatolia).
To talk about Alamut by Lorenzo Villoresi I need to jump back to my studies about the title in the matter of history. The castle of Alamut was a small society - not a city nor a town, nor even a village - located at top a rocky bedded mountain in north of Iran somewhere in Alborz chain mountains.

Remnants of Alamut fortifications

I was stunned by the stories about this mysterious and frightening fortification and the man behind all these fables: Hassan Sabah; who was the treasure keeper of the palace of Sultan Malikshah in Isfahan, and abused the position and title to gather the money and army he would need in the future to establish his Ismaili Shiit objection movement. He seized and settles the castle and began his reign through entire Seljuk territory. The members of the society named Ismailis; a society which was expanding day by day, believed in the man as the god of Alamut.
There also are quite a few western researches about the elite cavaliers Sabbah produced to assassin the members of Suljuk Turks. However, I would call them stories not researched. The Assassiun (which subsequently in English turned to Assassins) is called Hashashins in these researches which suggest that Sabbah drug his followers to make them perform with fervent loyalty; the same rubbish quotation about what Marco Polo did with his travelers in his journey through orient. The fact is that the assassins were not all the time in the castle so the old man could drug them regularly, and eventually how long drug effect may remain to keep the missioner high for mission? They were scattered through all the territory and beyond; even in Poland.

Assassins murder Nizam ol'Molk (the grand vazir of Seljuks)
An illustrated 14th-century manuscript showing an agent of the Order of Assassins (left, in white turban) fatally stabs Nizam al-Mulk, the grand Seljuk vizier, in 1092, the first of many political murders by the sect.































However, talked too much about history, better get back to more interesting fact: Alamut eau de toilette. To be honest what I expected from the title is exactly 180° opposite. The claim becomes clearer when you compare the reality of te Castle of Alamut with Lorenzo Villarosi's description of the fragrance:
"A warm and sensual fragrance, a journey to the Orient, a fragrant arabesque. The rich, opulent and velvety flowers of a Thousand and One Nights, dreams of secret gardens in the moonlight of the fresh Oriental nights. The enveloping scent of rare and precious woods, the seducing embrace of Tonkin Musk, the profound and mysterious aroma of Amber."
What a sensual mesmerizing scent it must be, and indeed Alamut is a perfect floriental woody aura with dreamy and so high level pseudo-animalic attitude emerging from labdanum and musky accord plus leather that performs bombastic and so elegant. But what I expected relying on the title was dark fearsome, brutal animalic leather and deep woody wood and licorice vibe to imitate the reality of that mysterious impenetrable siege of terror.
Garden? Secret Garden? Did that mean those in Isfahan or Shiraz? If the actual perfumes' title was Fin, Mahan or Shazde to refer to Persian gardens and their sumptuous luxury, it would be prettily understandable. But Alamut is a term I would like to share with one term: cuir.

Mahan garden in Kerman, Iran

Alamut is a soliflore labdanum amber, musk and sandalwood creation. The formula is so rich and undecypherable. But in a whole it's a sumptuous oriental luxury. I really love Villoresi's point of view to oriental and Middle Eastern themes. Unlike most of new-brand creations of oud/rose which are now as common as McDonalds, he delivers a delicate personality full of character, full of detail and both extrovert and introvert. This last aspect is what most of so-called oriental creations lack. The are made up to scream out everything. Alamut has higher than average longevity with intimacy projection that supports for beauty of an eye to eye contact.

Carpe Odor!

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