So, just what IS the difference between Egyptian hookahs and Syrian hookahs? By Christophanes / Apr 11, 2008 share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Email Share... Believe it or not, the difference isn't where they're made. Syrian bases can be made in Egypt, and Egyptian hookahs in Syria; Egyptian and Syrian hookahs can even be produced in China, Europe, and America. Traditionally, one of the factors distinguishing Egyptian from Syrian hookahs was the type of bowl used. Syrian hookahs were one constructed primarily to accept inside-fitting (or "male") bowls, while Egyptian hookahs were constructed for outside-fitting (or "female" bowls). With the increasing popularity of hookahs, Syrian hookahs gradually shifted to accommodate the increasing variety of bowls and accessories designed in the female style, and the distinction between Egyptian and Syrian hookahs shrank. Once outside-fitting bowls became more popular, Syrian styles began incorporating them and the main identifying feature of Syrian hookahs became their fine ornamentation. Whereas some Egyptian hookahs feature painted bases and creative adornment on the shaft, Syrian hookahs often incorporate intricate engraving and highly detailed Syrian basework. The Egyptian and Syrian hookahs we sell are further distinguished by their composition and production style. Made entirely of surgical grade stainless steel, the Egyptian hookah shafts are turned on a lathe, whereas many of our Syrian hookahs are cast. The Syrian hookahs we carry feature an inner brass tube (through which the smoke passes) surrounded by metal of varying compositions that is cast, unlike the lathed Egyptian shafts. Our Egyptian and Syrian hookahs are constructed exclusively for us, and we oversee all elements of their loving production. Whether you prefer the reliable simplicity of an Egyptian hookah or the attention to detail of Syrian hookahs, enjoy smoking from a hookah style that's survived the test of centuries to please today.