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Persian woman, in Qajari dress seen here smoking the traditional Qalyan.
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Persian woman, in Qajari dress seen here smoking the traditional Qalyan.

Ghelyan, also Kalyan, Qalyan, Qelyan, and Ghelyoon is a traditional water pipe from Iran. A Persian woman here as depicted during the Safavi period of Iran. ... The Qajar dynasty was the ruling family of Persia from 1796 to 1925. ...


It is similar in many ways to the Arabic hooka, but has its own unique attributes. Man holding a narghile (hookah) A hookah is a traditional Middle Eastern or Asian device for smoking. ...


It is highly popular in Iran even today, and can be seen commonly in many teahouses, restaurants, and similar public spaces.


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