A Perfume Bottle With Turk’s Head Knots For Its New Fancy Dress Outfit

A perfume bottle with a new fancy dress outfit made from Turk's Head knots.

A perfume bottle with a new fancy dress outfit made from Turk's Head knots.

Detail of the stopper and lanyard on a knot covered perfume bottle.

Detail of the stopper and lanyard on a knot covered perfume bottle.


This bottle had the luck (good/bad is for you to decide) of being emptied while I was looking for a new project. Its unusual shape, and its probable fate if not rescued, made it an easy acquisition. After removing the original accoutrements, I had to decide on the new look. Remembering how some antique attar bottles had looked, I had a theme. The problem now was how to achieve this theme under my usual knot-tying rules of the game.

The rules are:

No use of internal supports that aren’t built out of cordage — no wire, wood, plaster, paper mache, or such things.

No use of glue to build the structure by sculpting the cords with adhesives.

No matter what I thought about the “perfect” job of knotting I had done, it could be judged only by what the recipient could see/know. This usually means no knowledge of knots or crafts — judgement was solely on looks and function.

It had to work: if for looks alone, it had to look good; if it was supposed to do something, it had to do it well. No kludgey clanging beast that had to be prodded into movement.

On this one I was lucky; it only had to look good and provide a nominal seal on the stopper.

The knots used were, from the bottom of the bottle:

The lower part of the bottle is covered by a Turk’s Head knot of 6 Leads X 7 Bights, doubled in green paracord. There was a mouse under the upper edge of this knot to provide the bulging rim. That knot was a Spanish Ring Knot.

The white knot that forms the open lattice-work is a Turk’s Head of 9 Leads x 8 Bights, one pass in paracord. The tight weave at the neck of the bottle opening up to the lattice-work was one of the main objectives. It seems well done. Below the Spanish Ring knot that forms the mouse, a draw string helps to hold the lower loops of the Turk’s Head — it also is the anchor point for the lanyard which keeps the lid to hand. Next to the bottle is a serving that dresses the knots on the draw string. About halfway up the lanyard is a Turk’s Head of 5 Leads X 2 Bights, tripled in black paracord — this acts as a collector, for neatness’ sake. The stopper itself was formed by serving the ends of the paracord strands which form the tassel. By trial and error it was made into a perfect fit. The tassel needed something to dress it up, so it got a 4 Lead X 3 Bight Turk’s Head, doubled in black paracord.

All in all, a satisfying project — the recipient (My Lady Rose) liked it and there’s one thing I know — if she’s happy — I’m happy.

I will admit that if I had to do it over, I would do it differently. I don’t know how, but I would — while it was OK, the Gods Of Ropes And Knots seemed less content with the sacrifice than I was hoping for.

Thank you for coming by my site. I do appreciate every visitor. Come back again; perhaps we can enliven the parade and hold off any complaints by the Gods Of Knots. See you at the parade:


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