Janaab Abdul Hakeem Khan (1896 – 1950) was born into one of the Kannauj’s founding families and spent his childhood learning about flowers from his perfumer father. Early on he decided to start a small business, specializing in floral extraction just like his father taught him.
Janaab Hamid Hassan Khan’s fascination with flowers started as a child. Born in 1912 and trained by his father to join the family-owned small business of floral extraction. The young man learned how to blend perfumes and create extracts while working alongside his father. He was famed for perfume oil blending.
Ever since he was a child, Janaab Rashid Ali Khan has worked as part of the family business. Born in the 1950s during postcolonial India’s economic boom era when opportunities seemed endless. When his father passed away after an illness, he continued expanding it into new areas such as supplying bulk floral extracts and perfume oils for retail chains all around India.
Rabab Fatima started working with flowers when she was still living back home in Kannauj but never dreamed that this would be where she’d end up someday. In 2011 Rabab graduated from one of India’s most prestigious universities Jamia Millia Islamia and soon found herself immersed in the world of floral extractions and perfume oils blending.
Rabab Fatima and Janaab Rashid Ali Khan, on a mission to preserve the family’s history and save this dying art of traditional extraction, started Zofla in 2015.