Hookahs

History of Hookah

The very first hookah design was crafted out of a coconut shell in India and then quickly spread through the rest of the Arab world. But it was in Turkey that the hookah was given some finishing touches and found its final form, not really changing at all to this day. When the hookah made its way into Turkey about 500 years ago, it endured a rush of popularity among the upper class and intellectuals and thus changing in design. The hookah grew in size and complexity and became similar to designs that we are more familiar with today. Brass and glass were added to the design and less wood was used. Complex paintings and mosaics were added for beauty and elegance. The popularity grew into hookah coffee shops in Turk society, two to three centuries ago. When the 20th century arrived, the hookah was such a fashion icon that upper-class Turkish women were photographed with their pipe, making it a significant status symbol. Western artists also captured the hookah essence by adding its exotic image in their oriental paintings.

 

Non-smokers also find great fun in hookah smoking as the tobacco is not addictive. Most hookah smoking countries serve Naklia Shisha which is a combination of foreign tobaccos, honey molasses and dried fruit, which are coming soon on our web site. Older generations smoked hashish and opium, which has created a negative stigma for the hookah that is smoked today. Today, the hookah is more of a pipe for tobacco instead of illegal drugs. Now, hookah bars and cafes are popping up across the United States, fueled by the growing popularity of hookah smoking among teens and young adults. Hookahs are still smoked by women gathered for tea, by students engaging in intellectual discussion, men playing games of backgammon, and simple gatherings of friends for enjoyment and relaxation. With such a long history, it's not surprising that the craftsmanship in a hookah approaches the level of art; most hookahs are exquisitely detailed and beautiful such as the ones on our website

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