History

The origins of the hookah come from the North Western provinces of Syria almost a millennia back. There they were made from a coconut based shell base and tube with a head attached.  Soon they found their way to Persia; there they were hand crafted with each piece being cut from a piece of wood. When the hookah found its way to Turkey 500 years ago, it’s was popularity was endured by wealthy upper class intellectuals, therefore changing the design in size and complexity into the hookah we all know and love today. Wood was substituted with glass and brass and intricate designs of mosaic art was used to enhance its beauty and elegance.






    



popularity

The popularity of the hookah grew in the streets of Syrian coffee shops where waiters were looked upon with the same respect as chefs because of the detailed preparation for hookah smoking.  The packing and moisture is considered a skill while smoking the hookah. The hookah grew most popular in the United States in the 1960”s and is still growing till today.



Shisha

Shisha, a another work for Hookah, the name comes from the Syrian word shishe, literally translated as glass and not bottle. It is more commonly used in specific parts of the Middle East.




Hookah Guide

The basics of smoking a shisha pipe is upon inhalation by a smoker on the hookah hose, the charcoal heats air passing down through the bowl containing the hookah tobacco creating smoke. The smoke continues downwards through the hookah body and into the shisha vase where it is cooled and filtered by water. Ice or other liquids can be used in the vase to filter the tobacco to add and enhance the flavor.