Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red washed walls of qasbah, blue tiles of courtyard

02 l'Air du Désert Marocain by Tauer

Tauer is an indie house of fragrance with almost limited release for particular niche markets but No02 has another story. I don't know Andy's sales and distribution statistic charts but No02 is the symbol of top seller indies and a strong link between indies and niche luxury markets. Although, Andy Tauer's taste is boldly personal as he follows a main theme in all his creations, No02 seems to have that taste less in versatile way for that it is, by far, the most famous creation of Andy Tauer. Once a friend said "no professional collection is complete without this perfume" and No02 is the fix member of every collection containing at least one Tauer perfume. Andy Tauer with this noble creation puts finger on my weak point and I really cannot stop sniffing my wrist.
This perfume is usually identified by reviewers and bloggers with illustration of desert air; rightfully! For western people such mysterious enigma is representative of an inexperienced climate, nevertheless, for my Middle Eastern nose this is exactly the organic pattern of cities of the region. More or less, everybody knows I'm an architect and my research field and profession is Middle Eastern courtyard houses and this perfume gives me the very comfort and euphoria I feel every time I visit a courtyard house for my studies. To deliver the idea I explain courtyard house in an appendix.

Top notes: coriander, cumin, petitgrain
Heart notes: rock rose, jasmine
Base notes: cedar, vetiver, ambergris

The long day's warmth is now abating. The fat old orange sun is now setting. It's comfort time. No02 does not embody this dreamy picturesque of desert sunset in its opening layer. The opening layer which is enveloping by pseudo-woodsy/aldehyde stream is more inclined to be upset and heady. It's on caraway deeply saturated with fresh spicy nose-tickling coriander that gives smoldering fresh air to the woodsy combination. A bit later the composition settles and the ripples are dead. Now you're on your way from crowded spicy smelly red washed walls of qasbah to light blue tiled inner courtyard of home to find the remedy in the courtyard, totally cut off from the outside mess, relaxed and languid like all alone weightless in somewhere out of this world. The mood of light colored walls and tiles, fresh smell of wet soil on foot of lemon saplings planted here and there in the courtyard, that bright tranquil breeze freshened by the homey luxury water dance of well in the center of the place, all narcotize to loosen your body! It is ambery chords (rising from the base of the fragrance) that provides this comfortable aura. Consequently, the basic buddies; cedar and vetiver; come up and give more smoky woody boost to the fresh aromatic composition; yet they maintain the fresh burning main theme uplifted.

02 l'Air du Désert Marocain is a dramatic and fluent fragrance that exposes original aspects of Middle Eastern atmosphere without being worried about "how to establish in European markets?" question. It's a twisted fragrance on aromatic spicy category that instantly resembles something very familiar that I can't remember now. For the composition, all the notes are assorted in the most possible artistic ratio and disposition. It's a night and evening fragrance, mostly masculine but not merely, fresh burning, aromatic, and sillage and longevity are both robust with fair degree of intensity. 02 l'Air du Désert Marocain is a masterpiece that deserves a blind buy.

The idea and architectural module of courtyard house (precisely; inner courtyard house cause courtyard has different meaning and comes from western architecture) is commonplace in every corner of the Mid-Eastern regions and it has two major factors behind its creation: climate and religion.
A courtyard house is an introvert architecture with no facade but tall washed walls at outside; and ornamented facades toward the inner central courtyard. In this module the courtyard is the head of house that identifies all the spaces, theirs functions, and the spatial relationship between the rooms. It provides a comfortable space for rest and leisure, a private totally free small society needless from out-home population, and spectacular view. In general it tries to regenerate an image of comfortable life in heaven and it illustrates it with water, trees and privacy. Although most part of society in the region are Muslims the concept of inner courtyard has not borrowed its roots in Islamic culture necessarily while there are numerous examples from pre-Islamic periods and non-Muslim regions.
The Middle East is the cradle of mankind and so as that for many great religions; for that; there's no surprise that it is tightly chained to culture and believes. Religious or let's call cultural aspect of inner courtyard identifies it as a highly private place totally secured from outside.

The most famous inner courtyard house modules in the Middle East are Moroccan, Iranian, and Syrian which are way different to each other, yet the concepts are the same. However, this module is not dedicated to the middle east while it's vast territory extends from China to Europe.
Today, for the growth of implemented changes towards modern western lifestyle (that has historical roots in industrial revolutions of 19th century) upon organic urban pattern of the Middles East (Urbanization in the Middle East by Vincent Francis Castello is a perfect source for this issue) inclination to live in flats and apartments is increasing and courtyard houses are no longer economic for their vast and huge area (the area of some of these houses exceeds beyond thousand square meter in lot area and even rather more in total area of all floors; for instance, the total area of Ameri house in Kashan is approximately 13,000m²). Since the value of each square meter increased, most of these houses are treasures that sooner or later are going to be demolished.

Carpe Odor!

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