Frequently Asked Questions
Are hookah pipes and hookah stems the same?
Hookah stems and hookah pipes are often used interchangeably, and generally speaking there is no difference between the two. Some people prefer to call it a hookah stem while in other parts of the world it is referred to as a hookah pipe.
What is a hookah?
A hookah is usually used to smoke tobacco, but can be used to smoke other substances as well. The tobacco is placed in the bowl at the top of the hookah, and then hot coals are placed on top of the tobacco. As the tobacco heats up, it produces smoke that is drawn through the water in the base of the hookah and then inhaled through the hose.
Most historians believe that hookah originated in India, specifically in the north western region of the subcontinent. There is a theory, however, that suggests hookah may have originated in Persia or Afghanistan. The earliest pictorial evidence of hookah comes from Persia and thy date back to the 16th century. However, there are references to hookah in Indian literature that date back to the 13th century. It is possible that hookah was introduced to India from Persia or Afghanistan, but it is more likely that it developed independently in different regions of the subcontinent. Hookah eventually spread from India to other parts of Asia and the Middle East, including Turkey and Egypt.