Located between the Balkan range and Sredna Gora mountains, the Bulgarian Rose Valley is the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as 'attar of roses' or 'rose otto', and world center for rose otto production. There are over 7000 varieties of roses worldwide, yet only few are known as oil producing. The Bulgarian Rosa Damascena, cultivated for over 300 years, is considered to be the best oil-bearing rose renowned worldwide.
Unique climatic and soil conditions make the Rose Valley, also known as the Kazanlak Valley, one of the biggest producers of rose otto in the world. The air humidity, cloudiness and precipitation in May and June contribute to the cultivation of roses that yield very high percentage of oil.
The Rose Valley has also always been the center stage for the colorful age-old Festival of Roses. This traditional festival is a symbol of the rose industry and its influence on the culture, spirit and lifestyle of the Kazanlak Region. The rose festival is celebrated with folk songs and dances at Kazanlak and Karlovo on the first Sunday in June, at the start of the rose harvest in the Valley.
The Bulgarian Rose Valley is also the home of Alteya's rose plantations.
Both Bulgarian Rose Otto (Rose Oil) and Bulgarian Rose Absolute are produced from the flower petals of Bulgarian Rosa Damascena.
Bulgarian Rose Oil (Rose Otto) is produced through Steam Distillation of fresh rose flowers. Our rose oil is a 100% pure and natural product that is used in creams, lotions and soaps for its mild anti-viral and bactericidal properties, as well as for its fragrance. Rose water, recovered from the distillation of rose oil, is mildly astringent and beneficial for cleansing and refreshing dry, sensitive skin. Besides being used as a medicine in history, the rose oil has a long history as one of the most important ingredients in most luxury products.
Bulgarian Rose Absolute is produced through a refined, liquid Chemical
The Festival of Roses is a lovely festival celebrated in the Rose Valley near the town of Kazanluk (at the foot of the Balkan Range) on the first weekend of June every year. The festival is a pageant of beauty in the unique Rose Valley. In the run-up of the event, a Queen Rose beauty contest is held in several rounds. Artists, actors, circus performers, writers and singers flock to Kazanluk at the start of June. The Bulgarian oleaginous rose yields 70 percent of the world's attar of roses used by every perfume company as an essential component of its products.
The history tells that in the Thracian provinces of the Roman Empire, the Thracians grew 12 varieties of roses, one of them known as the "Thracian Rose".
In the 1270, during the crusades, Count de Gruye brought the Damascus rose from Syria to the valley of Kazanlak where conditions proved excellent. Experts claim that Bulgarian roses and rose oil owe their unique properties to the local climate and the generous soil. The temperatures in February, when roses bud, are ideal. The blossoms are picked in May and June, when high humidity is very important. So is the cinnamon-forest soil in the area and, last but not least, the remarkable skills of the Bulgarian rose-oil producers