The Aridi Series is an exquisite collection of candles made by British brand Parable Designs. You will remember this lovely company from my previous post a few weeks ago, in which I introduced you to them and showed you their range of stunning handmade candles in closer detail. And of course, you know that Parable candles are available in my online shop at Pomegranate.
Parable produce a couple of different collections of candles. The Wallpaper Collection is full of wonderful designs and patterns taken from their extensive range of vintage wallpaper rollers. And then there's The Aridi Series, which is a collaboration with world-famous Lebanese-American designer and master calligrapher Marwan Aridi.
Marwan Aridi's work includes tapestries, tableware, artwork and of course candles. His pieces can be found in various projects around the world and his designs feature incredibly intricate geometric patterns, ornate floral designs and complex calligraphy.
Coupled with Parable Designs's extensive research into precision engineering and clever casting techniques for their candles, a collaboration seemed perfect, and The Aridi Series was born.
When I first saw the candles from The Aridi Series, I was amazed and totally mesmerized by the sheer intricacy of the designs and by the wonderful level of finish. These are not just candles - they are jewellery for the home. You'll see what I mean...
THE ARIDI SERIES PATTERNS
Most of the Aridi collection is currently available in nine different, beautifully geometric or flowing patterns and in four colours & four fragrances. I've grouped them by colour for you here so you can easily see how the patterns look in each of them.
Left: Oasis with its delicate floral pattern reminiscent of Persian or Turkish designs. Top Right: Orient with its traditional Middle-Eastern star design. Bottom Right: Mirage with a more contemporary wavy pattern. All shown in the hand-painted white gold finish, which has a beautiful, mellow soft sheen.
Right: Citadel with a beautiful stylised floral motif (maybe a modern acanthus leaf?). Top left: Inscription with an incredibly intricate pattern and medallion. Bottom left: Bazaar with a bold and fluid stylised floral motif. All shown here in the hand-painted bronze finish for a slightly more opulent look.
Left: Paradise with a gorgeous Arabesque ornate design. Top right: Labyrith because well, it's a very cool-looking maze!. Bottom right: Coral has a lovely interlocking design. All shown here in the copper hand-painted finish, with a more striking and stronger contrast.
Clockwise: Coral, Inscription and Citadel are also available in a plain cream finish. I think you definitely lose some of the glamour and beauty of the candles in this more plain finish, but it could be perfect for a minimalist space.
THE ARIDI SERIES FRAGRANCES
The Aridi collection comes in a range of four unique and exclusive fragrances (well, actually it's three fragrances, but you'll see in a sec...). They are:
Indian Temple: An oriental amber perfume with jasmine and vetivert, cinnamon, patchouli, vanilla and frankincence. Perfect if you like a rich, heady, eastern scent.
Leather & Oak: A rich, woody, masculine fragrance with tones of leather, saffron and oakwood. Great for a space like a library or a more masculine area.
White Spice: Clove and cinnamon with jasmine and lily notes & a little ylang. A rich scent that makes you think of Christmas...
Unscented: The fourth 'fragrance' is actually an unscented one. You're able to order your gorgeous Aridi Series (or any Parable candle actually) without a fragrance at all. I think this is such a great option because, after all, not everyone likes a scented candle right?Perfect for a gift if you're not sure what scent to choose and equally perfect if you want to light your candle at table or use it for a restaurant project.
SOME PRACTICAL DETAILS
You might be wondering about some practical facts, like what the candles are made from, their burn time and how they are packaged, so I thought I'd include some of these details here as well (although of course you can find all the info you need in the shop!)
The candles are made from a natural creamy rapeseed wax and have a burn time of between 40-50 hours. At just 8.25 cms in diameter and 9.5 cms in height, they have a lovely scale and they're a great size for putting at table over dinner. And, considering the amount of work involved in making and finishing these little jewels, their price is quite sensible at £30.
Oh and they come in a smart branded box, with detailed fragrance, care and safety info.
The Aridi Series Candle Packaging.
OTHER ARIDI SERIES CANDLES
In addition to the 'standard' range I've just shown you, the Aridi Series also includes another pattern which is available in a larger size (and at a higher price as you can imagine!). I wanted to include it here though because it is absolutely stunning. It's called Arabesque and it looks like this:
I think you'll agree that it was a pretty good idea for Marwan Aridi and Parable Designs to have collaborated together on this lovely collection right?! Feel free to visit my shop to see the range in full.
'till next time...
Image Credits: All photos by Parable Designs