The tapan has an Arabic origin and Turkish brought it to Bulgaria during the Yoke. It gains popularity very fast and nowadays plays great role in folklore music. However it is rarely used in the Rhodope region. Its body and hoops are wooden and it is provided with cords to strengthen and loose the skin. It has a relatively small diameter (from 50 to 60 cm). The tapan is beaten from one of the sides with a big wooden kiyak and from the other side - with a thin osier, through which it is played the part of the small drum, which the Bulgarians don't use in the folk music.