The Arolla is an extraordinary tree. Known as ‘The Queen of the Alps’, it grows above the 5,000 foot level in mountainous, snowy regions and lives on average to around 400 but on occasion up to 800 years old - there is no denying that this is one hardy pine!
In the Middle Ages the cones of these tenacious trees were regarded as a symbol of fertility and immortality and today these, along with the needles and branches, are still harvested for the purpose of extracting a woodsy and pure essential oil, often used in aromatherapy to encourage a restful sleep and also to create Zirbenschnapps – an Alpine specialty, which drinking is described as ‘sipping the very essence of the primeval forest’.
For us though, it is the form and enduring strength of the Arolla tree itself that we find so captivating. With slim trunks that bend and curve to the rhythm of the elements leading the way to a rounded furrow of pine-laden branches, the beauty of our inspired-by range was inevitable.