Royalty And Fragrance:
A Tale Of Two Palaces, Part 1
The most precious of essences have long been associated with kings and queens. Courts have been seeped in scent for centuries, but perhaps the most aromatic aristocracy was to be
found in the sultan’s court of Deccan era of India
from 15-1700’s and the “Perfumed Court” of Marie
Antoinette and Louis XV1 in the late 1700’s. Both
courts regaled in the sumptuousness of scented
places and gardens, and the decadence of rare and
beautifully composed perfumes.
In the palaces of Sultan Ali Adil Shah II of
Bijapur, scent reigned supreme. Both poetry and
painting of the time spun aromatic tales full of
flowers, mythology, romance and longing.
Poetry was linked with the planting of aromatic
gardens, informing placement of flowers, plants
The Palace of Tipu Sultan with view of the garden.
In our Scent and Spirit edition, part one of this two part series explores the lush
fragrances of the sultan’s court of the Deccan era in India from 15-1700s.