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Everything coming up roses in Bulgaria's Rose Valley

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The hands of a rose picker are full of roses during the rose-picking season near the village of Tarnichene, Bulgaria.

Rose oil production in Bulgaria's famous Rose Valley is set to increase by 25 percent according to a mid-season estimate by experts in spite of the climate changes and economy crisis. Bulgaria is traditionally one of the biggest world exporters of high-grade rose oil along with Morocco and neighboring Turkey, with clients mostly from the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan. Rose oil is the most commonly used essential oil in the perfume industry.

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A rose picker carries a sack full of rose flowers as he walks in a rose field.

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An elderly woman picks roses.

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An elderly woman carries a sack full of rose flowers on her head as she walks in rose field.

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Rose pickers load sacks full of rose flowers onto a horse cart.