The attars we sell come from Ali Brothers perfumers in Kannauj. We were lucky enough to visit the distillery and meet Moosa Khan, the owner and witness the team distilling rose blossoms.
Moosa comes from a long lineage of distillers going back at least six generations. Moosa’s grandfather was called Ali, hence the name of the company. Moosa told us that Ali was a pioneer in exporting attars from Kannauj to Singapore, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia in the 1950’s, a difficult job at the time, before jet travel and email.
We feel we have established a good connection with Moosa and plan to visit him regularly. We hope to explore more of India and its aromatic traditions on future trips, since Cathy intends to do further research into her family history for a book about Anglo-Indians, ‘The secret race.’