The residents of the Modern world are firmly in the clutches of luxury products. People are yearning to attain as much as leisure exclusivities as possible. It can either be a newly released car modal or the most fragrant Arabian Iftars; the desire for luxury has made the man to run mad and wild in their life. But how do you grasp the true gratification of comprehending the word, ‘Luxury’?
At London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, Jana Scholz, a curator says that the answer to this question is still a mystery, even for luxury fashion brands. Fashion brands, too, ask this question to themselves daily.
But the perception of the word ‘luxury’ narrows down to relative understanding. Any person devoid of a daily meal has no use of the most luxurious bag ever and will value a stale piece of bread to be of more worth. While some wait in infinitely long queues to get their hands on that pair of shoes which they have desired from long.
To understand the detail of the passing excellence and relative understanding of luxury; you must dig deep into its ancient history.
The nation introduced silk to the world. Though, now anyone with a substantial bank balance can get hold of good silken clothes. However, there was a time in the ancient history of China, when this luxury was only in the hands of Chinese royalty, but now it is readily available for all.
The Tombs and Ostrich feathers of Egypt
A tomb excavation solidified the theory that Egyptian kings hunted giant ostriches for their eggs and feathers, claiming it as a rare luxury. Now, no longer even a considerable possession, the kings of Egypt felt it worthwhile to even die in the bird’s hunt.
The luxury fish meals of the ancient Greek era
Though salmon and bluefin tuna rule the list of luxurious fish meals, today’s idea of fish and luxury is nowhere near that of the ancient Greeks. A democrat relishing in exotic fish tastes was considered indulgent, hence not a good ruler.
Robes, finery and Roman luxury
Not too far from the present perception of clothes and luxury; the finery and robes revealed in the possession of Roman elite was not available for commoners. The robes distinguished a plain splendid or a rare luxury. The aristocrats got hold of the luxurious set of robes dyed in Tyrian purple, whose possession of such valuably colored clothing was hence beyond the reach of the common people.
The Arabian tales
Arab traders were known for their tactical trading ventures. Though some pieces of Arab traded luxury could surely be of a sizable value, it is not a past reason that traders simply could not have up played the worth. The objects they sold with well-spun tales could be of meagre value in other parts of the world.
From medieval fakes to largely produced ‘exclusive luxuries’; luxury is a circumstance of perception and relative understanding. If you luxuriate in what you find peace rather than value, the most valued possession of history will be only an object.