Bentley has created the ultimate collector’s model inspired by the Arabian Gulf’s rich pearl diving heritage with the new, limited edition Bentayga Mulliner Pearl of the Gulf. Just five of these exquisite W12-powered cars will be handbuilt by Mulliner’s craftspeople in Crewe, England, each featuring unique Mother of Pearl and Arabian Gulf-themed motifs.
Each limited edition model has a bespoke interior that celebrates the Arabian Gulf’s history of pearl diving, a tradition that dates back millennia and was once the region’s main economic driver. Most notably, intricate marquetry to the Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus fascia features a pearl diving dhow boat scene, beautifully inlayed with Mother of Pearl.
The luxurious cabin is appointed with Linen main hide and complemented by Brunel secondary hide, a colour scheme inspired by the natural beauty of pearls, with a Mother of Pearl Breitling clock the dashboard centrepiece.
Camel and Brunel contrast stitching is employed for the quilted seats and door inserts, while gold thread embroidery highlights this Bentayga’s pearl diving credentials. Lambswool rugs are also cut in matching Linen, while Mulliner illuminated treadplates welcome passengers in to the cabin.
Gulf pearls are among the rarest and most sought-after in the world, so to help keep valuables safe in the Bentayga Mulliner Pearl of the Gulf, Mulliner has installed an ingenious fingerprint secure storage.
The fingerprint sensor technology has been applied to a high pressure die-cast aluminium secure stowage unit located in the cabin. This discreet and unobtrusive locker creates the ideal place to stow valuables while at the beach or utilising valet parking services.
The exterior of this exclusive collector’s Bentayga is available in 3 Mulliner colour finishes: Ghost White Pearlescent, Porcelain, or a duo-tone Ghost White Pearlescent over Porcelain. The Mulliner Pearl of the Gulf sits on 22-inch Paragon wheels.
Archaeologists have evidence to suggest the tradition of natural pearl diving in the Gulf dates back more than 7,000 years. The popularity of pearls spread far and wide during Roman times and were once the most sought after of accessories. The practise is still considered one of the region’s most treasured traditions and was responsible for the founding of the great coastal cities.
Traditional methods of pearl diving survived well into the 20th century, before the industry in the Gulf went into decline with the invention of methods to make artificial pearls that were cheaper and more readily available. However, the remarkable tradition of pearl diving in the Gulf remains engrained in local folklore to this day.
Experienced divers used a clip made from turtle shell to plug their nose and wax to block their ears. Coffee and dates were often eaten before a dive took place. Pearl diving was notoriously dangerous and required a skilled hand. Divers tied a stone to their ankle to help them sink to the seabed – their task was to collect as many oysters as they could before their breath ran out.
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