SEX POSITIONS OF THE PERFUMED GARDEN
Picture a decadent Bedouin tent made from colored brocade, decorated with silk, filled with exotic perfumes, and illuminated by flickering candlelight. Inside the tent is a throne on which the man sits waiting for his lover… This is the kind of sultry atmosphere that Sheikh Nefzawi, author of The Perfumed Garden, wanted lovers to experience in their lovemaking.
It was in 15th century Tunis, one of the grandest and richest cities of the Ottoman Empire, that Sheikh Nefzawi wrote The Perfumed Garden. His intention was to share erotic insights with men, so they and their wives would experience maximum enjoyment during sex – which he described as “man’s highest pleasure.”
Like other erotic classics, The Perfumed Garden features a gorgeous array of sex positions. Some of them are inspired variations on the Missionary Position, while others are wildly extravagant. The Sheikh admits that some of of the positions he describes are more likely to be the stuff of erotic imaginings rather than real-life sex. For your enjoyment, some of the Sheikh’s more achievable – and most pleasurable – sex positions are featured here.