The body, or govde, of a hookah pipe consists of a curved container containing water. An elegant stem rises from the body and at the top of the stem is a bowl, or lle, containing the tobacco. From one to several flexible hoses, the marpuc, with a nozzle, or agizlik, at the end, is used to drag the smoke from the hookah through the water. The hookah tobacco is heated with charcoal and the water filters and cools the smoke. The water gurgles softly, like a forest stream, and, in the process, makes the smoke soft and cool.
The word shisha, which is often another word for hookah, comes from the Persian meaning glass or bottle. Hookahs and the hookah-smoking culture is often referred to as the shisha hookah. Somewhat confusing at first, people also refer to hookah tobacco as shisha, or hookah shisha, and there is a Shisha brand of hookah shisha!
Today’s hookah pipes come in many styles, from Egyptians to Syrians, travel models, mini and mod, to special and custom designs. There is a world of history in the crafts of hookah pipes. The traditional materials used in the manufacture of hookahs were blown glass, often heavily decorated in gold or enamel paint, brass, aluminum, silver, porcelain, clay, carved stone and wood, and leather. All of these same materials are used today, with the addition of high-quality stainless steel, Pyrex glass, plastic, rubber, and acrylics, among others.
In restaurants and smoking lounges, individually wrapped disposable plastic mouthpieces are provided for each smoker. Other hookah and tobacco pipe accessories include hookah charcoal and shisha zubehör. Charcoal is typically in coin-sized chunks and each lasts about 30 minutes in the slow-smoking tobacco mixture.
The certain label applies when smoking hookah pipes: hookahs are meant to be on the floor, rather than on a table or high shelf, with smokers sitting on cushions or low seats around them, albeit in modern lounges Hookahs often appear on tables. Shared hookah pipes are not supposed to be passed, but are placed after smoking so that the next smoker can take the pipe as they like.