A Gift Worthy of a Queen

Kajal Dahab is an acclaimed luxury Oriental fragrance for women that draws inspiration from the rich cultures of the Middle and Near East in order to produce a scent that is at once both contemporary and traditional.

Dahab (Arabic: ذهب, IPA: [ˈdæhæb]): Gold.


Universally celebrated as a criterion for success and opulence, gold is the metal with which we honor our heroes and decorate our loved ones. Naturally, its eponymous perfume should continue in this tradition of beauty and elegance.

In Arabic, gold has eight names, each referring to a different type or physical state. The eight-pointed star, which is the shape of the cap surface and one of Kajal’s essential brand elements, serves as the base structure for the calligraphy.

The names for gold, some of which have Persian and Indian roots, were carefully chosen for their structural calligraphic malleability:

  • الـَّذهَب : ’Zahab is the most widespread name for gold, and linguists have their fair share of theories on how the name came to be. The Arabic root of the word is Zahaba, which means “to go” or “leave”, and linguists theorize that this is in reference to how the rarity and beauty of gold causes the minds of some people to “wander.”. Others believe that the word alludes to gold’s role in economic transactions and how it comes and ‘goes’.
  • اللـَّمار والزِّرْياب : Lamar and Ziryab refer to gold in its liquid form;
  • التِـبْـر : Tibr is the gold ore that has been extracted from the earth but has not yet been smelted and rid of its impurities;
  • الإبْرِيْز : Al-Ibriz refers to gold that has been purified;
  • العَيْقَان : ’Aiqan refers to gold after it has been purified, refined, and poured into molds;
  • الزُّخْرُف : Zukhruf refers to gold that is specifically used in decoration, ornamentation, and embellishment. The word Zukhruf is also generally used to refer to a woman’s adornments;
  • العَسْجَد : ’Asjad is the name reserved for when it is combined with other precious metals and gemstones like diamonds, sapphire, rubies, emeralds, and crystals.

Each of the names has to fit into its designated compartment, and once the compartments are joined, the words and their diacritics must flow and fuse with one another, like liquid pieces of a puzzle.