Ani is the name of an ancient city situated on the eastern border of Turkey. Across the Arpaçay (Akhurian) River from Armenia, lies the empty, crumbling site of the once-great metropolis of Ani, known as “the city of 1001 churches.” Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on several trade routes, and grew to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century. Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani was once a cultural hub and regional power. Today, it’s an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts that stands alone on a plateau in the remote highlands of northeast Turkey. The World Heritage Committee included the Ani Ruins in Turkey on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
As you walk among the many ruins, the only sound is the wind howling through a ravine that marks the border between Turkey and Armenia. This perfume is dedicated to erasing borders between people and empowering the wearer to build their own empire even when all that is left is ruins.
Ani also means “memory” in Turkish and during the creation process of the scent, Cem Karabacak, the beloved friend of the creators of Nishane passed away. Nishane dedicates this scent to the loving memory (Ani) of Cem Karabacak.