A lifetime in Arabia - The beginning

A lifetime in Arabia - The beginning


When I came to live in Arabia nearly 40 years ago, one of my favourite pastimes was to visit the old souk with all its wonderful  sights, sounds and aromas.  The fragrance of sandalwood burning to entice customers to come and buy, mingling with the scent of perfumed oils and rosewater mixed in with the delicious aroma of little savoury pastries being cooked.  All this was heady stuff to a young  girl fresh out of the Welsh valleys in the United Kingdom!
 
 Sadly, the old souk as we once knew it has largely been replaced with modern replicas of the wooden stalls that  once stood there and a lot of the unique ambiance and interesting merchandise has been lost with it but you can still hear the echoes of the old days if you listen carefully and see it etched into the faces of the wizened traders  who remember the old days too.
 I discovered many things on my visits to the old souk, the most wonderful  being  the fabled Frankincense and Myrrh.
The discovery of these mystical treasures  led me on another journey,  to research the history of these mysterious gifts. I discovered  the frankincense trail  and the silk road and learned about the places where these two ancient trading routes interspersed and about the precious commodities that were being traded and bartered at the trading posts along the way. I also started to travel to some of the ancient trading posts to try and find out more.
I was inspired by my research and travels to start my company and named it ‘
Caravan’ in memory of the  thousands of camel caravans that used to transport their precious cargo along these ancient roads.
Today at 
www.Caravankw.com  as well as wonderful Frankincense & Myrrh, you can find Silks, perfumed oils, spices, semi-precious stone jewellery, hand tooled leather, lots of camels in various shapes and forms  and many more fabulous gifts from Arabia.

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