Ancient Mesopotamia : a biblical presence of the world’s first olive oil, pistachio oil, laurel berry oil and almond oil soaps traded on The Silk Route, 2nd century BC -14th century AD, where the first civilisation of the world started. Ancient Mesopotamia's collection of these imported cultural soaps are skilfully made by hand, hand-cut, dried stored for months with the original ingredients unchanged for centuries, remarkably today, still being handmade from the same historical areas, as the Soapmakers continue making history. Mardin, located on The Silk Route, The Persian Royal Road, the oldest city in Upper Mesopotamia, a Unesco World Heritage Site; the open museum. The Province of Mardin, Dara, where masons all over Mesopotamia built the last Roman Fortress 114 feet tall, keeping back the Persians. Mardin Soap : remarkably, still being handmade today from the same historical area. Aleppo : Soapmakers continue the more than 2000 year soap history, just miles over the border in Gaziantep (on The Silk Route). Antioch : the third largest city of The Roman Empire, after Alexandria and Rome on The Silk Route. Antiochia Soap : centuries later, still handmade today remarkably, from the same historical area. Nablus : the world's most ancient olive groves, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Central Highland area of Nablus, Battir to Hebron. Seven natural springs, The Roman Empire channels and pools irrigate, centuries later, still worked today, continuing making history. Nablus Soap : remarkably, from the same historical area since the 10th century. Ancient Mesopotamia products contain no perfumes, artificial colours or, preservatives, 100% biodegradable and not tested on animals. Ancient Mesopotamia imports the collection of soaps traded on The Silk Route directly from the Soapmakers.
Ancient Mesopotamia : continuing the ethical and sustainable ethos, the culture and spirit of the first Soapmakers of the world remarkably, still handmade today from the original historical areas whilst supporting their families.
Soap : an ancient product.
A Little History
'Ancient Mesopotamia': Mesopotamia, ancient Greek meaning ‘Land between two rivers' the Tigris-Euphrates, the biblical land known as Ancient Mesopotamia, The Fertile Crescent, on The Silk Route, the rise of the first civilisation of the world, the first recorded evidence of soap production written in cuneiform on a Babylonian clay tablet 2800 BC. 2200 BC (where oils in soap began), a formula of soap consisting of water, alkali (ash) and cassia oil (cinnamomum) was written on a Babylonian clay tablet; Babylon : the wall of Babylon more than 50 miles long, wrapped around the most famous city of Ancient Mesopotamia.
The first handmade olive oil, pistachio oil, laurel berry oil and almond oil soaps traded on The Silk Route at a time when Jesus was born, Roman Emperors, Kings, Queens, Princesses, Pharaohs of Egypt reigned. Galen, 2nd century AD, Greek Physician, Surgeon, Personal Physician of The Emperors, Chief Physician for the treating of wounds to the gladiator school in Pergamum, where long stays in Antioch and Aleppo were frequent, declaring to his patients the importance of the healing powers of the oils in soap (antiseptic, antibacterial). Zosimos of Panopolis 3rd century AD, Greek-Egyptian Alchemist, investigates the composition and chemical changes that occurred in the water and oils. Centuries later, still handmade today, remarkably, from the same historical areas, as the Soapmakers continue making history; hand-cut, dried stored for months being traditionally produced by hand through the generations of families, with only natural ingredients, unchanged throughout the centuries.
The Silk Route : The Merchants of Antioch earned their reputation for hundreds of years from the sale of silk, soap, glass and copper tools, trading under 1400 Roman columns and porticoes for more than two miles, using their vegetable oil filled lamps each night to light up the colonnaded street for more than 800 years. Persian Sogdian Traders travelled and spoke the language of Sogdiana for hundreds of years from Chang'an (perpetual peace), Han Dynasty, Samarkand to Antioch the third largest city of The Roman Empire, where Hadrian was in command of the army of the East. The greatest concentration of Roman legions ever known, having at his disposal four legions, together with a detachment of The Ocean Fleet at Seleucia, Antioch's sea port. Emperor Hadrian nominated by his legions of the East, Antioch 117AD.
Soap : an ancient product.
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Continuing making history, directly from the Soapmakers on The Silk Route.