The origins of the shisha come from the north western province of india along the border of Pakistan in rajasthan and gujarat nearly a milllina back. These shisha where simple,primitive,and rugged in design, usually made from a coconut shell base and tube with a head attached. They were designed to smoke opium,and hashish. The shisha made its way through the Persian kingdom, which also included Pakistan, Afghanistan,much of the middle Asia and Arab parts of northern Africa. The shisha acquired tombeik on its way to Persia. Tombiek is a dark tobacco grown in modern day Iran. tombeik is rinsed and packed in the larger older style heads where hot coal is applied directly to the wet tombeik, which gives it a strong flavour. These heads and style of hookah, referred to as "ghelune" in persian, are more available on our website. The shisha designed in the Persian empire are still hand crafted with each one being cut from a piece of wood. In the 19th century, cigarettes were made easily available and mostly women smoked ghelune because they were not on the go. Women used the ghelune in the home for entertaining and as a past time.
When the shisha made its way into turkey about 500 years ago, it endured a surge of popularity among the upper class and intellectuals and thus changing in design. The shisha grew in size and complexity and became simulae to designs that we are most fimiluar with today. Brass and glass were added to the desgn and less wood was use used. Intricate paintings and mosaics were added for beuty and elegance. The popularity grew into shisha coffee shops in turk society two to three centuries ago.A hookah bar waiter was treated similare to a chef because of the preperation for shisha smoking. the packing and mositure was a skill, and it was considered rude to touch the coals. shisha smopking migrated south into the arab world from turkey to lebanon to syria where it got the name argile. it then spread into shisha and morrocco, where its known as shisha. it is also known as hubble bubble in saudi arabia and the united aerab emirates.Today, shisha bars are socila places where many people get togther to discuss politics and locl events. In kwuit and saudi arabia, the shisha bars are for men only, and in some muslim countries,many belive that the shisha is haram or forbidden.
Most shisha smpoking countries serve nahkla tobacco. nahkla is a comibination of foreign tobaccos,honey molasses and dried fruit. the smoke is filtered through ice cold water to make the smoke cool and soothing. Older generations smoked hashish and opium, which has created a negative stigma for the shisha that is smoked today. slowly society is accepting the shisha as more of a pipe for tobacco instead of illegal drugs. The shisha has been growing popuarity in the united states and europe since experimentation of the 60's. Now thery are in every college head shop and middle eastern market across the u.s.. Its growing in popularity in japan.
Cigarettes are for nervous people, competitive people, people on the run. When smoking a narghile you have time to think. It teaches you patience and tolerance, and gives you an appreciation of good company. Narghile smokers have much more balanced approach to life than cigarette smokers.