The History Of Hookah

The origin of hookah is believed to be thousands of years old. Initial traces of hookah have been witnessed in northwest India, including Rajasthan and Gujarat. The hookahs of that time in the past were very simple, rough, and outmoded in design. These ancient hookahs were constructed of Coconut Shells, which were used for hookah bases. From India, the journey of hookah started, and it became a lovable and desirable thing in the Persian Kingdom, followed by Pakistan, Afghanistan, Northern Africa, and many countries in Asia. When the Persians started growing fond of the hookah pipe, the concept came to be referred to as Tombak. Tombak is dark tobacco that is mostly cultivated in modern-day Iran.
Tombak is washed and packed in the old style. When wet, hot coal is applied on it to produce the tobacco flavor. The Persians did and still do term this old-style hookah as "Ghelune." The Hookahs produced and designed at that time in Persia are still crafted today. Even though these old-style hookah are made of wood, many hookah smokers still use them to smoke and even use the straight wooden hoses, which were used in those earlier days of hookah smoking.
By the 19th century, hookah had become a great time-passing activity for the women in Persia. Its popularity greatly increased when it reached Turkey. At that point, smoking hookah was, and still is, considered as a standard of high status and was also promoted as the style of fashion in Turkey. Consequently, it needed to be updated and modernized, so brass and glass was used in its water pipe designing. For the artistic appearance, mosaics and paintings were implemented on its base. At that point., hookah styles were starting to form into the types of hookahs seen today.
In Turkey, where the great popularity of hookah was noticed, it started being used in bars. Several Hookah bars were set up, and the hookah bartenders were considered equivalent to a chef due to the high level of maintenance on setting up Hookahs for customers. Later the hookah became even more respected in countries like Lebanon and Syria. In these countries, the hookah was termed as "Nargile."
Later on, hookah migrated to Egypt. In Egypt and Morocco, it was named as "Shisha." But there was a major problem faced by Egypt, and that was to get the tobacco. Many things were used as replacements, but it seemed that there was nothing to quench the thirst of shisha tobacco. Eventually, tobacco was grown in Egypt and a method Based on coconut fruit being holed from two sides so that a bamboo stick could be used as a replacement of the rubber tube, flavored Shisha was launched in Egypt. Because that method involving coconut fruit was so popular, the term "Gouza" was used to describe it.
Today, the highest quality of Hookahs come from Egypt. Egyptian hookahs differ from modern-day hookahs because they are hand made. Egyptian hookahs also have some parts such as their down-stems and hose adapters welded to the actual hookah pipe. This makes for a more sturdier hookah and usually makes it less of a hassle to assemble.
Hookah has been around for ages and has become more and more popular in many countries as time has passed. Today, hookah has migrated to the Americas and has opened the door for pleasurable hookah smoking.

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