Opening the book of Faturan's history, we are transported to Egypt of the late 18th century, in a traditional workshop of Muslim rosaries. There we will find the head craftsman, named Faturan, holding his creations of pure amber in his hands. Absorbed in his deep contemplation, he is wondering which material he could use to create rosaries that are relatively stronger than Arabic amber, so that his handcrafted rosaries won't break easily. He also has to find a cheaper material, so that the acquisition of a good rosary will no longer be the exclusive privilege of kings or wealthy people. The deep contemplation of this artisan is most likely triggered by his customers' complaint that their precious rosaries, on which they have invested a huge amount of money, are fragile and susceptible to breakage. On the other hand, he cannot think of any other material that can compete with the unique properties, charm and beauty of amber. After having carefully weighed the matter, he comes up with the idea of creating a completely new material that did not exist up to that day. This material, however, has to be as stunning as amber, feature the same exceptional properties, but above all it has to be durable enough, so that it can be handled every day without fear for being broken when accidentally dropped. The challenge was great. It might have been that challenge coupled with the inexhaustible zest and zeal of that head craftsman for his own creations that motivated him to invent a formula. This formula was going to be cherished and would eventually hand down the name of its inventor to succeeding ages. After carefully selecting and collecting various materials, he manages to create beads, similar to which no human eyes have ever seen before. It was assumed that Faturan was a chemist and as such he was able to identify which materials were appropriate for this endeavour. After all, it might not be that important who he really was, but what he created and offered to us.
The beads made by Faturan's invented material have a deep red colour and are so charming that you cannot just look at them without touching and feeling them with your own senses. It is said that Faturan had immersed the beads in old red wine for a certain period of time, in order to impart this magnificent colour. Apart from their colour, these beads also hide another secret. To reveal this secret one has to squeeze this handful of beads in the palm, toss them and twirl them and make them play as though they are romping children joking, touching and pushing each other around. This will make the beads emanate a supreme fragrance, so unique and distinctive that it cannot be matched. The most important thing, however, is that through this remarkable invention, Faturan has indeed achieved what he wished for; to offer people rosaries consisting of exceptionally durable beads. The head craftsman can now proceed and introduce his invention to the people of Egypt that have high expectations. Of course, he should first find a name for it. Proud of his invention, he gives it his name. From that time forth this material shall be called 'Faturan'.
The new creations of Faturan were especially loved not only by Egyptians, who traditionally admired and showed their appreciation to amber creations, but also by people from every corner of the world. Collectors from various countries held Faturan beads, assessed them and have not parted with them ever since. They would carry them along when travelling; they would bring them back home and would always refer to it as the Egyptian Faturan. In this way, they must have reached our country, Greece. At some point in time, Greeks transformed these Faturan rosaries into kombolóis discovering thus another secret. A secret that would be shared only by those willing to let the beads "speak" and "express their soul". By increasing the length of the rosaries cord and setting its beads free to encounter one another successively, they finally discover the unique, crystal "voice" of these beads. This voice can not be compared to the voice of other beads regardless of their composition. This earned Faturan creations a special place in the heart of Greeks. The exact composition of the materials used by Faturan for the creation of these original beads has remained secret, but it is believed to include Kahraman amber, mastic resin, Bakelite, and turpentine. The handcrafting of Faturan items stopped in 1940 leaving back a relatively small but very important collection of masterpieces. The outstanding and inimitable properties of Faturan kombolóis in combination with their glorious history are those elements that elevated them as top-ranking among the collectible and rarest kombolóis in the entire world.
At the House of Amber you will have the chance to admire a rare collection of genuine Egyptian Faturan. Among these you will find masterpieces in the form they once had when they were first held by a human hand, namely kombolóis with 33 beads, two smaller spacer beads and an impressive and elaborate priest's head. Their price starts from 1000 Euro.
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