History of rolling papers

History of rolling papers

It's believed that the oldest rolling paper producing company started off in Spain around 1703, known as Pay-Pay. Earlier than that, a man by the name of Alexandro Rizlette de Cramptone Lacroix, stumbled across papers being carried by returning French soldiers who had been fighting in Spain. He would eventually lend his name to the company we know now as Rizla+. 

In 1660, Lacroix started producing rolling papers, 76 years later the family, in 1736, founded a company and set up their very own mill.  Famously they supplied Napoleon with rolling papers who wanted his soldiers to refrain from tearing out paper from valuable books to create smokes. By the mid-1800's, the composition of the papers had changed to include rice paper and so did the name of the company. Riz is the french word for rice and coupled with Lacroix's name, the brand Rizla+ was created, roughly translated into english, you are left with Rice The Cross. It's safe to say that it doesn't have the same ring to it! Not until 1978 did the Lacroix family reliniquish ownership of the brand when they sold it to another company. 

In the intervening years, many competing firms were formed to produce and sell their own rolling papers. Whilst Rizla+ rolling papers is a multi-national brand there are many more 'regional' producers of rolling papers that are familiar to people in their own countries. 

Rolling papers continue to develop

Rolling papers are relatively simple, the innovation has come in regards to production processes, packaging and small product features, such as cut corners. Essentially the product has remained similar for many centuries. Combinations of paper pulp, hemp, flax and rice are used to produce various different rolling paper products. In fact, we now have such a wide range of choice of rolling papers that the original Lacroix founders would be amazed at the range of rolling paper products. 

Around 1906, the first flavoured papers began to appear on the market, this is something we still see today. Bull Brand stock the Liquorice rolling paper, which are hugely popular, as a nod to this heritage. As previously mentioned, rolling papers were developed and adapted over the years to meet growing demand, as was the packaging. Innovation in packaging ensured that the customers received the product in the finest condition ready to use. With smoking historically being seen as a sole pleasure for blue-collar workers, manufacturers of rolling papers wanted to ensure that each smoke was perfect. 

A world of choice

Fast forward to the present day, we now have numerous producers of rolling papers as well as other smoking accessories. Modern production methods have driven down prices and the ability for a customer to create their own unique rolling cigarette is unparalleled due to the wide range of variations in the rolling papers available. At Bull Brand, we're part of the story, aside from Gizeh and Mascotte rolling papers, we have developed our own range of rolling papers that cover most needs. We've worked hard to bring them to our customers at the best possible price whilst not compromising on quality. So look no further for the best rolling papers possible than Bull Brand.