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TheGuardian Writes “Why I love Turkey?”

Hagia Sophia
Orthodox Christianity Church converted into a Mosque in 1453
Fairy Chimneys, a hoodoo is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland
Greatest city of Turkey, no need to write more...
Anakara, Anitkabir
Capital of turkey Ankara, Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
It is known for the Artuqid (Artıklı or Artuklu in Turkish) architecture of its old cit
Large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC

Kevin Gould who is a writer at Saturday Travel Section of TheGuardian posted his sights about beauties of Turkey. Below, you can find this writing, but before let us give a brief information about him.

Who is Kevin Gould?

Kevin writes Eat Like A Local for the Guardian’s Saturday Travel section. Having been a chef, a grocer, a restauranteur and a caterer, he and his stomach now travel the world meeting food producers, and looking for where the tourists don’t eat. Kevin’s favourite place is right here, right now; his favourite food is parsley.

From www.guardian.co.uk;

I fell in love with Turkey 28 years ago. Denim jeans were a rare western luxury then and every time the politicians got uppity the army rolled in, imposing swingeing curfews and outlawing anything cultural that seemed vaguely fun. How times change – yet it’s Turkey’s culture and history that makes her so attractive today. Nearly 2.5million Brits will holiday in Turkey this year. The face she shows most of us is thoroughly modern – sort of like Italy, but with moustaches and headscarves. Outside of the eurozone but with Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea coastlines, the country offers everything the fun-hungry all inclusive traveller wants. But a step away from the tourist areas is a Turkey of such original beauty that you’d need a thousand lifetimes to spend here, and there’d still be more to discover.

I’ve spent nearly 30 years travelling in luxury coaches, dodgy taxis, Dolmus buses, army helicopters, by boat and on foot and never fail to be thrown by the sheer diversity of a country that’s more like a continent.

Hip, cultural Istanbul is where many travellers start their voyages of discovery. Like New York isn’t America, Istanbul isn’t really Turkey, but a state in it’s own right. Unlike New York, Istanbul has 3,000 years of civilisation to inspire herself with. On the same latitude as Rome (and also built on seven hills), this was the perfect capital for the Emperor Constantine to establish the Eastern Roman empire from, just when old Rome was tearing itself to pieces.

The Byzantines came next. They were Greek-speaking Christians that were nonetheless mullah’d by thuggish crusaders, who carried off her many treasures (check out the golden lions in St Mark’s Square, Venice, for example), leaving the door open to the (Muslim) Ottomans, whose empire stretched from the gates of Vienna all the way round the Med to Mauritania. Istanbul is still the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church. Awe-inspired pilgrims thought Haghia Sofia’s great dome was suspended from heaven by a golden chain as even you might today. Gorgeous churches, chapels and synagogues are yours to happen upon in her huddled quarters.

Check out the sixth-century Kuçuk (or, Little) Haghia Sofia around the corner from the crowds at the Blue Mosque. Properly known as the church of St Sergius and St Bacchus, its fresco’d and mosaic’d saints look so sharp and fresh, they could have been dressed by Vivienne Westwood.

Boating 10 minutes over to Asia for a cup of tea, or taking the slow ferry to the traffic-free, bougainvillea-crazy Princes’ Islands for a seafood lunch or hilltop picnic you may well be the only British traveller, but you’ll still be amongst friends, for the Turkish welcome is as genuine as it is legendary.

A meander up the Bosphorous brings you to the Black Sea with its shoals of anchovies and wild waves. Within an hour of Istanbul you’re in an Alpine land of tea gardens, hazelnut coppices and Laz-speaking, line-dancing locals who trace their roots back to Jason and his Argonauts.

Turkey’s north east, bordering Georgia and Armenia, is little visited, but the Kaçkar mountains are the intrepid walker’s paradise, with lost valleys, endless vistas and rare wildlife. The village of Yaylayar is home to 130 types of butterfly alone. Englishwoman Kate Clow has previously established two spellbinding walking trails in the Taurus Mountains; her latest is here in the Kackars.

Inland from here is Ankara with its art deco embassies, established by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as Turkey’s modern capital; from here Çatalhüyük, is an easy drive. This is where wheat was first cultivated: Neolithic people lived here in organised towns about 9,500 years ago.

At school, I was rubbish at history but in Turkey, history is easy to read, and worn on everyone’s face. Turk’s ancestors were once subject to those great colonising, civilising empires, so you see pale-skinned Slavs; ginger-haired Syrians; grizzly Alpine mountain villagers; oval-eyed horse-riding farmers; triangular-faced Mongolian steppe-dwellers; flashing Arabs; proud beautiful Kurds; faded, haunted Thracians; boat-bound Aegean islanders. You see history also in every town and village.

Cappadocia is established on the tourist trail, but its pastel-painted underground churches are definitely worth the visit. Cut from the soft tufa rock, this is where early Christians hid from marauding Romans – a case of true faith made concrete.

Van, near where Turkey meets Iran, was the capital of the Urartu people in the ninth century BC, and is also famous for its swimming cats. Further south is Upper Mesopotamia, where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers rise. Urfa is by legend where Abraham was born and Job learned his patience. Gaziantep is where baklava was invented, and Malatya is where your supermarket’s dried apricots come from. In Mardin, people speak Aramaic, just as Jesus did, and if you carry on west to the Mediterranean, you fetch up in ancient Antioch and Tarsus, where St Paul was born.

Turkey’s coastlines are beautiful, and her waters, er, turquoise. The Datça peninsula is as rocky, bird-loud and gorgeous as anywhere in the Med. As you follow the Aegean north, there’s Ephesus, of course, which is beautiful in the late afternoon after the tour buses have left. Meryem Ev is where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days, and when the sun’s setting over these graceful Grecian ruins, you might want to stay here forever, too.

Izmir is olive oil and wine country – Turkey is one of the world’s largest grape producers, and Turkish wines can now take their place with the best of the New World. Even if they’re really from the Ancient one.

Before you hit Troy there are the tiny Aegean islands of Bozcaada and Gökçeada, famous in Greek mythology and also as where Allied troops waited before wasting their lives at Gallipoli. Gallipoli, like neighbouring Trakya (Thrace) is wild, weird and possessed of a hauntingly empty beauty. This is where the Persian king Xerxes had the Dardanelle Straights whipped because their currents would not obey his majesty when he so badly wanted to invade Greece. This is also where I love to eat garlicky clams and salads of sea vegetables, and drink cold Truva beers.

Along the Marmara Sea you’re back in Istanbul, having travelled thousands of miles and through ten thousand years of history. Turkey’s climate ranges from snowy Alpine through wind-whipped steppe, waterless desert and balmy Mediterranean. You’ll have eaten some of the most delicious food in the world, and the Turks you’ve met will have treated you with kindness and joy. The truth is, Turks just love having visitors.

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Miniature Arts

Ottoman Miniature Painting
Distinctive features of Ottoman miniature
Miniature of Semazen
Portrait of a Semazen with sufi whirling
Story of The Painitng
Important events of the day and circumcision feasts are conrened with paintings
Mevlana, Sufi
Miniature painting of Hz.Mevlana
Miniature Painting
Actual events adhered to the traditional canons of Islamic art
Miniature Portrait
Ottoman girl is painted with miniature art

The basic characteristics of form, design, colour and representation in Turkish art developed primarily in the realm of miniature painting. The Turkish miniature style was influenced by many trends and developed over the centuries from the empires of Central Asia to the Seljuks and from the foundation of the Ottoman Empire to the conquest of Istanbul and the Tulip era. It was during the Seljuk era that miniature painting attained the stature of national art. It was during this period that Nakishane (schools of embroidery) were established. An exchange of miniature artists about the same time between Turkey and Iran further influenced these arts in both countries.

miniaturearts2The Ottoman style in miniatures made itself evident in the 15th century, leading to the production of classic examples in the 16th Century. The romantic scenes of landscaping in Persian miniatures were simplified in Ottoman miniature by the reducing detailed landscape scenes to plain backgrounds. Human figures, buildings and other main elements of the subject predominated. In classical Turkish miniatures, lines are straight, colours are vivid and the style is narrative. Miniature art is known for its strongly built heroes, simplicity, selection of themes from real life and the powerful concept of colour. The most important studies on miniature painting after the Republican era began were carried out by Ord. Prof. Süheyl Ünver. Courses are supported by the Ministry of Culture with a view towards popularizing the art. Work on miniatures is carried out in Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Izmir, and Kütahya provinces. Turks had the tradition to illustrate manuscripts during the cultural periods before Islamic belief. Paper that could be rolled started to be made in China with plant fibers in 105 B.C. No written or illustrated document has yet been found from the time of the Chinese Han dynasty, of Huns and Göktürks. Nevertheless, the large quantities of stone engravings, textiles, ceramics, works of art made of metal, wood, leather which have survived to the present day, prove that the above mentioned cultural circles were quite developed in other fields of art. The oldest examples of Turkish pictures for walls are from the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries. The withering influence of natural conditions have prevented the survival of these first examples. The conquest of Istanbul was the first step into a new phase of the Ottoman cultural life. The characteristics of the period in the field of paintings and miniatures may be summed up as the meeting of the eastern and western painting schools, as the widespread interaction and communication and as the widespread availability of display. While the Italian painters called by Mehmet the Conqueror continued their activities, Turkish artists—on the other hand—carried on the domestic traditions. We can see this dual influence in the works of Sinan Bey from Bursa, who was the pupil of Hüsamzade Sunullah and Master Paoli. Meanwhile, upon closure of the Heart academy for painting in the beginning of the 16th century, its famous instructor Behzat was met with a deserved esteem in Tabriz in 1512. His pupils began to produce works in his style. Their works reached the gates of Istanbul. Sultan Selim Iran and Aleppo to Istanbul after the seizure of Tabriz and he ordered his men to create favourable conditions for those artists’ work. Soon after Shah Kulu from Tabriz was leading these artists in an academy which was called by the Turks “Nakkashanei-i Irani” (The Persian Academy of Painting). “Nakkashane-i Rum” (The Ottoman Academy of Painting) was established upon the reaction of the Ottoman painters. It goes without question that the period beginning with Mehmet the Conqueror and ending with Sultan Selim I, was one of the most interesting and important phases in Turkish painting and miniatures. Various styles and ways of expression were searched, the influences were a guide and syntheses were attained. Now we shall take a look at the Turkish Academy during Süleyman the Magnificent reign. Turkish miniature lived its golden age during that period, with its own characteristics and authentic qualities. The most renowned artists of the period were Kinci Mahmut, Kara Memi from Galata, Naksi (his real name Ahmet) from Ahirkapi, Mustafa Dede (called the Shah of Painters), Ibrahim Çelebi, Hasan Kefeli, Matrakçi Nasuh, Nigari (who portrayed Sultan Selim II and whose real name was Haydar: he was a sailor).

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Turkish Jewelry

handmade-artifact-bracelet-1The court records dating from 1526 indicate that there were 90 jewelry artizans in the service of the Sultan. The art of Ottoman jewelry making reached its peak in the 16th century, with gold and precious stones applied not only to wearable jewelry but also to articles of everyday objects such as bookcovers, utencils, weapons etc. using a variety of materials such as leather, ivory, glass, bone, mother-of-pearl, horn, wood and metals such as zinc. Ottoman jewelry had to be ornate and extremely colourful. Jewellers used a variety of metals in order to fashion a piece of jewelry, which is the main difference from European jewelry where the same metal is repeated. Another feature of Ottoman jewelry is that instead of strict symmetry, the nature of the stone and metal are given prominence. For instance, the natural characteristics of a ruby and emerald reflect the Ottoman feature of jewelry. Jewelry was produced in the palace or in workshops elsewhere. Ottoman jewelry was designed using natural motifs which reflected the prevailing tastes. As the types of stones and the mines increased during the expansion of the Empire, jewelry production increased also. From the 18th century onwards, Western trends led to an exaggerated increase in the size of jewelry. Aigrettes were used both by the Sultan and notable women of the Harem. It was the symbol of power because of its shape and appearance. It is known that Sultans gave the valuable aigrettes as presents or as awards to certain individuals. Jewelled aigrettes also enhanced the heads of horses during equestrian ceremonies. They attracted attention with their simple floral or drop designs and reflected the brightness of the precious gems on them. In later periods, the aigrettes were huge. In portraits the sultans usually wore one aigrette but sometimes they wore three. Women wore more than one aigrette but sometimes they put one on their forehead and another on the back of their head. Pins were important pieces of jewelry in women’s head ornaments. These ornaments were pinned to crests or put directly on the hair or sometimes they were put on the brooches of dresses. The “Titrek” or “Zenberekli” are typical Ottoman pins which dangle with each move of the body. Motifs from nature such as the tulip, rose, violet, floral bouquet, bird, butterfly and bee are mostly used in this type of jewelry. Jewelry with flower motifs was used on the hair. Earrings have been widely used for centuries. They have many shapes from small pearl drops to long dangling ones. They have an important place in Turkish jewelry because they emphasized the beauty of the hairstyle and dress of Ottoman women. Earrings are classified according to how they dangle: the double dangling ones “pay-i Çift” consist of three drops called the “Üç ayakli”, (three feet). The simple gold bangles are not only considered to be jewelry but are bought as an investment to be converted into cash by their owners whenever needed. The women of the Ottoman Palace bought these bracelets from time to time. There are many other styles of bracelets which women favoured such as the twisted type. Signet rings encrusted with precious gems like rubies, emeralds and semi-precious germs like carnelian, amythest and jade were favoured by Ottoman women. They wore them on one or more fingers. Solitares and rose shaped diamond rings and ‘divanhane çivisi’ which has one more diamond layer around the rose shaped ring are Ottoman ring styles. The “Dinahane çivisi” motif is formed by continual rows of diamonds around one large diamond at the top. This design was used in bracelets and necklaces. It was used in silver and gold rings, too. They are depicted in the works of the late 18th and early 19th century famous painters Konstantin Kapidagli and Antoine de Favray. Chokers and long necklaces were used by Ottoman ladies. Gold coins were strung on long gold or silver chains or on a string of pearls. Such necklaces were worn by rich women. The 18th century British Ambassador in Istanbul wrote that Hafize Sultan, the wife of Sultan Mustafa II, wore a string of pearls down to her knees with a diamond as big as a turkey egg and two strings of emeralds. . Jewelled golden, silver, crystal, mother-of-pearl or ivory belts were the essential accessories of the Ottoman woman. Belt buckles with floral or geometric motifs decorated with diamonds, rubies, turquoise, and emeralds were sometimes worn at the waist and other times over the hips.

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Nargile- Turkish Water Pipe


A water-pipe consists of various parts: The body, bowl, tube and mouthpiece:    Body: This is the part where the bowl is placed. It looks like a decanter. It is filled with water to cleanse soot belched out by burning tobacco and also to absorb the nicotine. Though the body is usually made of glass or steel, you could find more elegant ones made out of porcelain on which gold, silver or coral were also used to embellish its appearance.

Bowl: Tobacco is put in the bowl which is pierced and covered with a conical cap in order that the flame be sheltered on windy days.

Tube: Air in the body part, is conveyed by means of this tube which is usually made out of amber. There may be more than one tube so that two or more people can smoke together while chatting.
Mouthpiece: At the end kept at the end of the tube to lighten smoke.

Preparing Your Water Pipe To Smoke

1. Screw your trunk pipe until it touches the plastic ring in the trunk.

2. Fill the glass base of the water pipe with cold water.8-10 pcs. of ice can be added  into water.

3. Screw your trunk to glass base until the base contacts the ring, in the trunk.


4. Make sure that the tube from the trunk pipe should be immersed into the water about 1-2 cm. If the water level is not proper, arrange the level of water accordingly.

5. Attach the hose to the trunk and make sure that the joint is airtight.

6. Test that your setup is airtight by placing your hand on top of the water pipe and then sucking in through the hose. There should not come any air through. If any bubbles are formed in the water, it means that air comes through, in this case check the rings of both trunk pipe and glass base which is located inside the trunk and if it is necessary you should screw them a bit more without forcing.
7. Put some of the tobacco into the Ceramic Tobacco Bowl crumbling into the small pieces. The level of tobacco should not exceed over the border of the Ceramic Tobacco Bowl.

8. Cover the tobacco bowl with the aluminum foil which is to be as big as to wrap the border. Then, stroke the aluminum foil around to supply airtight.(It is recommended to use thick foil.)

10. Place the tobacco bowl on the top of the trunk with the bowl seal to join airtight.
9. The foil should be pierced as shown in the picture with your tong’s string or something sharp.

11. Now light your charcoal of your water pipe. After you charcoal is burned, turn off your oven and let it wait 3-5 minutes until the surface of it gets white and locate them on the tobacco bowl as shown in the picture with your tong. At start just put three pieces. After they get smaller and die down, you put two pieces to go on.

12. After 4-5 minutes locating the charcoal on the bowl, you can start smoking. It may take 10-15 minutes to reach the top level of satisfaction.

Recommends for Tips & Comfortable Smoking 

should suck from the tube like you are breathing.

_While you are smoking, you should not suck too long and so frequently.

_You should put cold water into the glass base of the water pipe and some ice into it.

-If you have a problem with your throat like coughing, loosing breath during your smoking session, you should pick the charcoals off the bowl to let the bowl and tobacco get cooler. At the meantime, you should puff off the dense air out of the glass base from the hose through the air release marble by blowing it. After a short period, you should put the charcoal back on the bowl again then go on smoking.

_It is recommended to puff through the tube at certain intervals to release the high density air out of the glass base from the air releasing valve to enhance your smoking experience. If the air is not discharged from the air release valve, although you puffed from the tube, you should unscrew the valve from right to the left then clean the small ball and its hose and after cleaning and drying, it should be screwed again.

_The average smoking time your water pipe is 1-1.5 hours (it may vary from size of the tobacco bowl)

_It is recommended not to smoke the same tube used with cappuccino-coffee flavor tobaccos with other ones.

_We recommend you to add at least 50% milk into the water you put in the glass base with a dessertspoonful coffee when you smoke coffee and cappuccino flavored tobacco to have a cooler smoke.

_According to the type of the tobacco flavor you are smoking, you can also add the same flavored powder of the same fruit into the glass base.

_Keep your tobaccos in airtight pots after you open its original packing.

_You can enjoy gracious smoking by adding up one or two small pieces of mint tobacco into the tobacco in your bowl.

_We recommend you to smoke outside but not in windy places.

_It is recommended not to smoke in short periods. Smoke in relaxing times.

_You should wash the glass base, truck and bowl, after every smoke.

_You should smoke on a full stomach.

_While you are smoking water pipe, it is recommended to eat salty cereals (preferably salty peanuts can be eaten)

_You can wash your elastic tube once a month. You should dry it at natural atmosphere by hanging and not leaving any water in it. (This recommendation is only valid for the brand pipes which are available in the water pipe kit)

The History of Water Pipe


The human being first discovered the tobacco before Christ. People those burned the leaves of tobacco to pray the God, noticed the pleasant taste and since then it has been used. The tobacco is shaped by lots of civilization until today. It is used in pipe, became cigars, cigarette and just chewed, but none of these styles become united more than that of water pipe.

The Indians, who were burning the coconut outer layer which was similar to tobacco and by inserting a bamboo into a coconut to enjoy, started the water pipe culture that would go on for centuries. Water pipe has transformed to be a culture from that time up till now. The ancestors have set a great value as much as to inherit water pipe to their grandchildren. Sometimes it took its places beside the Sultans and sometimes it was deprived of the value it deserved.

Today, the water pipe and the dazzling culture around it is preparing to turn back to its magnificent old days. Day by day the culture which adds magic to the tobacco is getting more and more interest.

The name water pipe which is an important part of eastern culture derives from a Persian word ‘nargile’ which means coconut. The first samples of water pipe which was named ‘Sisa’in Arabic and ‘Kalyan’ in Persian was seen in India. The first water pipe, which was made of the coconut’s outer layer that was similar to the tobacco by inserting a bamboo to the coconut, left its place to marrow squash while bringing a new dimension consumption of Indian hemp. After getting popular day by day, porcelain and silver body water pipes appeared and followed by the tile, silver plated and glass made water pipes. First it became widespread among the Persian and Arabs.

The Ottoman Empire defined as the civilization of conversation by the researchers was inhaling the smoke of the water pipe and smoking it through the air since the day first knew the water pipe in 16th Century.

Today, water pipe is still continuing the mission to be the best friend of the chatting experts without losing its mission as it was in the past. Because, according to the addicts, smoking water pipe alone does not make any sense without chatting. Hence; coffee houses still keep their popularity as the residence of chat and conversation.


Smoking water pipe is not only so delicious but also hard to prepare. It seems so easy to prepare water pipe to smoke from exterior but fundamentally it needs many processes to follow. The water pipe consists of ‘Tobacco Bowl’, ‘Trunk’, ‘tube’ and the ‘Glass base’.

The part that we put the tobacco is called as ‘Lüle’(Ceramic tobacco bowl), the long trunk is called as ‘Ser’, the glass base where we pour the water to filter the smoke is called ‘sisa’ and the elastic tube which transports the smoke in the glass base to your mouth is called as ‘Marpuc’.

he most important element of the water pipe is the tobacco. The tobacco, which is named ‘’ Tömbeki’’ is left to be dampened after it is chopped up the night before. It is kept for some time by covering with a dampish towel. The secret of a good water pipe lies behind the good dampening of the tobacco. The tobacco is carefully placed into the ceramic tobacco bowl, that‘s into the holey bowl, after having left into the water for some time by squeezing its water right before the service ; and then the is holed right from the center by the help of steel pins. The tobacco placed into the bowl is wrapped with again dampened but halved tobacco leaf and whose large venous are taken. And then it is burned with the cinder from Pırnal Coal, which is obtained from a short natured oak tree, placing it on the long trunk. This is a classical tobacco type, that’s a type of tobacco used by the Ottomans and other nations till a few years’ before.


Today, there is another sort of tobacco which is imported from Egypt and Jordan and called Bahri or Arabian tobacco besides of that. These tobaccos are made of fermented fruits and especially demanded by the teenager smokers. These types of tobaccos are made of fruit or plants which have sharp smells like apple, mint, and apricot. Strawberry, banana, pine apples. The most expensive tobaccos are the ones with honey, rose and cappuccino flowered which are imported from S. Arabia.

The water that is poured into the glass base may vary as per the type of the tobacco which you choose to smoke. For instance; if you want to smoke cappuccino or banana flowered tobacco you should pour milk instead of water into the glass base.


The tobacco entered the world of Ottomans and started to be smoked between the years 1601-1603, 110 years after the America was discovered. At first, they were only charging customs duty from the tobaccos imported from foreign countries; but later on, The Religious Authorities announced a fatwa against the tobacco use upon the increase of tobacco addicts Thereupon, the Sultan Ahmet, the First, issued a mandate in order to ban the usage of the tobacco; but during the era of the Sultan Mustafa and Osman , the Second, whom had the power after Sultan Ahmet the First, the prohibition had no important effect.


Sipsi (mouthpiece): A mouthpiece to mount to the elastic tube to make the water pipe economical and is given to the ones who want to smoke.

Lüle (Ceramic Tobacco Bowl): It is the ceramic bowl where the tobacco is placed in without compressing and the cinder put on.

Tömbeki (Tobacco): The only water pipe tobacco used before the flavored tobaccos is produced.

Mıngır: (Charcoal): The charcoal of the water pipe should last longer; therefore, burned and slaked oak is used.
Marpuç (Elastic Tube): The whole part from the trunk to the edge where the smoke is sucked, including the tube.



It is necessary to know all the smoking techniques to enjoy the water pipe. All professional smokers had determined a different and personal from of pleasure. However, the point which all the smokers agree on is that ‘IT IS BETTER TO SMOKE SLOW BY SLOW’.

Here are some of the smoking techniques according to the professional;

First of all, it is smoked like a pipe, not like cigarettes. It means that you should suck like breathing so that the water in the base can bubble and tobacco burns easily.

At the meantime; there are two different smoking techniques-one from stomach and the other from breast. Smoking with breast is more difficult, so smoking from the stomach is preferred. In this method you suck the smoke through your stomach using your diaphragm and blow it out.

There is air pocket above in the water base and when you suck you suck from the elastic tube the smoke goes right there. After that it vacuums through the water and then flows into the water. At last it arrives at you.
The most important difference that distinguishes the water pipe from the cigarette is that the smoke gets cooled through the water and in this stage the harmful materials in the tobacco is filtered.


The chat culture encircled around the water pipe has brought the human being some communication words together.

The most popular ones defining the water pipes are the words ‘’ masa (tongs), mese (charcoal), kose (corner), Ayse (name of female)…In fact, each of these words which make a rhyme when listed side by side tells us many things.

The fire, the correlation of the tobacco, brought ‘’ Masa’’, tongs, along with it. We surely need the tongs to refresh the cinder of the water pipe all the time.

‘Mese’, the charcoal, is the inevitable element of the fire. Because it implies that the charcoal is to be made of the oak tree.

Undoubtedly, one of the main features of smoking water pipes is not to smoke the water pipe in on ordinary place. You need to find a ‘Kose’, corner, for yourself in order that the respect to the water pipe and its culture is not being interrupted by any trivial excuses. The last word of the tong twister ‘’ Ayse’’ is the title giving to the ones in the serviced. ‘Ayse’ defines the quality service and smooth-face of the waiters/ waitresses.


The water pipe has its own traditional manner rules as every environment does. These rules the attendants who inherited from their ancestors are rather interesting even though they are not respected by the youngsters:

-The water pipe should be smoked at outdoors and quiet places

-You should not speak loudly when you are smoking.

-You should never light your cigarette from the fire of water pipe.

If it becomes necessary to do so, you should hold the cinder with your tongs and light your cigarette.

-You should not place your water pipe higher than your seat and other water pipes. Because it is consider as a bad manner.

-If you smoke with others, you should use your mouthpiece.

-If you smoke with others, you should not give the elastic tube directly to their hands. You should put the elastic tube on the table so that other smokers can take it from there.



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The Smoke of My Nargile!

The term nargile (hookah ,or water _pipe ) comes from the persian word nargil , which means coconut . Nargiles play an important part in many Eastern cultures , and first became a part of Turkish culture in the 16 th century , during Ottoman times. The nargile is a crucial aspect of deep conversations in our own time. Nargile cafes are certainly prominent in many areas of İstanbul.Above all . a large number of nargile cafes are found in the neighborhoods of Tophane,Çemberlitaş,Beyoğlu and Kadıköy. A nargile consists of sevaral different parts:The marpuç (the section from which smoke is inhaleed) ,the lüle (the bowl into which yobacco is placed),the tepsi (tray) and the rüzgarlık (a metal partition to prevent the tobocco ashes from blowing away).Additionally , a mouthpiece known as sipsi is attached to the tip of marpuç. A special type of oak coal is used to light the nargile , which gives it a unipue. aromatic taste . Nargile tobacco goes by the special name of tömbeki. In addition tömbeki, you might try one of the many different fla voured tobaccos with your nargile.

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