The rose is a symbol and emblem of the Bulgarian lands. The Bulgarian rose oil is the best in the world, and has no rivals. The Bulgarian rose oil is the first made in Bulgaria product undeniable placed number one, and it has already been for a hundred years. Our rose oil won gold medals at world exhibitions in Vienna (1873), Paris (1875), Philadelphia (1876), Chicago (1893) and others.
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One kilogram of rose oil sells for 6000 - 6500 euro, it has been recently written in a AFP material about rose - picking in Bulgaria. The production of one kilogram requires 3500 kg of rose blossoms. The annual production of about 1500 kg of rose oil in Bulgaria needs 5250 tons rose blossoms grown on 9390 decares. World - famous perfume companies include it in their recipes because of two priceless qualities: it gives the perfume both great durability and unique flavor.
Rose oil had been an essential ingredient for the developing European perfumery since 1720; it was exported by ship to Marseilles in Istanbul, London and New York, and by horse caravans through Bucharest to Vienna, Paris and Berlin. In 1820, Doncho Papazov from Kazanlak created the first Bulgarian rose-trading house. His sons Dimitar and Botyo expanded that activity. Then, the rose - trading houses of Kancho Shipkov (1840), Hristo Hristov (1863) and Petko Orozov (1864) came into existence.