The Story of Hookah

Hookah traces its origins back to India. It surfaced in the form we know it as today around the 15th Century and its glass base was called Shisha. ItsHistory mystique spread to Iran where special strong, flavorless tobacco was used with it called "Ajami". It rose to fame under the Ottoman Empire's rule and the sultans of the age took portraits with their Nargiles and it became a status symbol of the time. It was smoked after royal dinners and at diplomatic meetings. Both men and women found great pleasure in smoking the waterpipe. The nargile started a whole new culture, which endured for many, many years. Even today the nargile gives enjoyment to a special breed of smokers.

Hookahs are known around the world by many different names, such as a water pipe, nargeela / nargile, shisha/sheesha, okka, kalyan, or ghelyoon or ghalyan. Many of these names are of Arab, Somalian, Indian, Ethiopian, Turkish, Uzbek, or Persian origin.

Shisha, a synonym for Hookah, and is from the Persian word “shishe”, literally translated as glass and not bottle. It is more commonly used in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Many people refer to the tobacco smoked from a hookah as "shisha." Today Hookah is also known as a "flavored shisha" which means a Hookah with flavored tobacco. 

Though Hookah’s name and form has evolved over decades and centuries, the essence of relaxation, enjoyment and togetherness is still the same. Come enjoy one with us today …