Travel Notes

Isparta is a southern Anatolian province known as the land of roses, located approximately two hours inland from the Turquoise Coast town of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea. The scenic countryside features gently rolling hills covered seasonal blooms with their scent, of rose or of lavender, drifting on breezes towards Lake Burdur. As the area has not yet developed the caliber of accommodations qualifying for this travel guide, our recommendation is to visit the fields and local producers on a day excursion arranged during the harvest season by perfumer Joanne Klein Wolternik,


Time Zone
Eastern European

Local Cuisine
Turkish, Anatolian
Best time to visit
May - June

Dress Code
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Cumhuriyet Mahallesi nº5 A
Senir Kasabası, Keçiborlu
32700 Isparta, Turkey
+90 246 553 2076

Aydin Gülyaği

Ardıçlı Village
32700 Isparta, Turkey
+90 246 553 26 76


Davraz Mahallesi, 115 Cadde nº105
32300 Isparta, Turkey
+90 0246 218 12 80


Eğirdir Yolu 5 KM
33200 Isparta, Turkey
+90 246 224 1245

Rose Water Production In Isparta, Turkey | Stories + Objects Global Travel Images

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BY Somer Sivrioğlu & David Dale

The Objects

Exclusive Edition 006 TURKISH ROSE OIL

The fields of the southern Anatolian province of Isparta blossom each summer with the fragrant scent of Rosa x damascena. This rose, known widely as the Damascus Rose, Otto Rose in Bulgaria and Mohammadi Rose in Iran, is one of the two types of roses prized for their highly covetable essential oil. The oil is extracted by steam distillation requiring nearly ten thousand roses to produce just five milliliters of oil, making it one of the most expensive essential oils available.


An exclusively formulated Turkish Rose Oil made from organically harvested Rosa x damascena in the Isparta Province. The precious rose oil is too potent on its own and therefore has been expertly blended with other highly beneficial oils of macadamia, apricot kernel, sweet almond, and avocado. The 30ml bottle of luxury skin oil is only available through Stories + Objects.

The Story


Esengül Artisoy is a rose harvester living in the village of Senir near the city of Isparta in Turkey. Esengül, whose name means “roses in the wind”, was born into a family of rose farmers. Her family no longer cultivates their own roses, but the rose harvest, starting in May of each year, is her favorite time of the year. The season is short and the blooms are plucked before the sun dries the precious oil contained within rosa x damascena - one of the two types of roses in the world which produce the oil. The Turkish farmers and harvesters are responsible for some sixty percent of the world’s annual rose harvest.