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Oud Wood Traditions Around the World

Discussion in 'Oud Wood' started by Ouddict, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. rodspeed

    rodspeed Oud Poet

    Thanks for sharing this. Being part-Korean, I will proudly claim this as part of my heritage (as if that was necessary)!
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  2. William Birch

    William Birch Just Arrived

    This thread may be a dead one but I have a question. Do the peoples of the Arabian/Persian Gulf have a Kyara/Q(K)inam equivalent? Because I must admit I would find it strange if they don’t, since they buy so much of it. Also I can’t imagine Arabs burning high high quality woods on just a coal, that just seems wasteful.
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  3. Al Shareef Oudh

    Al Shareef Oudh Resident Artisan

    The highest grade Oudh known in our tradition is Mandalee, referred to in Arabic as 'ajwa Oudh al hindi'. The statement defines both it's origin and quality. The most supreme Oudh of Indian origin.

    So you could say the Arabic equivalent to Kyara is Mandalee

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  4. William Birch

    William Birch Just Arrived

    Ohh right that makes sense, I did hear somewhere that India is to the Gulf what Vietnam is to Japan. I don’t know if that true or not but I’d imagine historically speaking the Gulf regions would have better access to India than SE Asian countries. Is it a historical context to this or another factor? Like, historically it was far easier to get Indian Oud into the Gulf than sail to places like Vietnam. Or was it possibly the environmental factors/character of Indian Oud that made it so prized by the region?

    sorry for bombarding you with questions but you made the mistake of replying to me and I’m very excitable :p :D
  5. Al Shareef Oudh

    Al Shareef Oudh Resident Artisan

    The old spice routes of the oceans that extended as far south as Indonesia and East as Korea and the silk road all serviced the middle east. I have in the classical texts with me mention of Oudhs from most the eastern islands and jungles. I believe ouriour preference for Al Mandalee is to do with the quality of scent that we prefer and how we judge quality.

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