Taraq is an olfactory representation of a cultural fusion between the Middle East and Spain. The matraca is a percussion musical instrument of the idiophone family. It consists of a wooden body or board to which are attached movable hammers, which can be made of wood or metal, which are responsible for hitting the wooden body.
The matraca is used in Spanish churches during Holy Week, in the past it was used to silence the people on the days of the Passion or to wake them up during matins. Also during Holy Week, some penitential brotherhoods play rattles during the procession.
The name ‘matraca‘ comes from the Arabic hârraqa or hârraq, which refers to a large cargo ship (the ratchet). The term could be an onomatopoeic word, based on the creaking of these heavy ships. The arrival of the matraca in Spain was made possible by the Arabs, as the word matraca comes from the Arabic “mitraqa“, meaning hammer, and “táraq“, meaning to strike.
Taraq is the new signature perfume from The Perfumery. Of the Oriental-Spicy olfactory family, Taraq is a slightly sweet, vigorously spicy, somewhat earthy, and an intensely profound fragrance.
Its sweetness originates from its opening notes of plum, dried fruits such as dates, rose and amber. The spicy and peppery point stems from its saffron notes which also brings a scent of a mixture of honey and grassy hints reminiscent of hay with a somewhat slight metallic and tarry pitch.
The earthy point of Taraq principally derives from the combination of patchouli and agarwood (oud). The main chemical component of patchouli oil is pachulol, which gives it its woody, moist earthy scent. The agarwood note is similarly woody and earthy and moreover, smoky, and slightly animalic. Finally, together with the additional notes of leather, musk, amber and sandalwood Taraq is not only earthy, but also incredibly profound.