Enjoy Dokha: What is a Medwakh Pipe?

What is a Medwakh Pipe?

Enjoy Dokha: What is a Medwakh Pipe? The first Medwakhs (Midwakhs) were crudely carved from animal bones, often goats’ bones, or moulded from clay. Since then, a lot has changed but the basic design still shines through. Pipes are often still hand carved but much more lavishly engraved, often with brass inlays and hand painted in a variety of colours.

The range of materials used has increased greatly with pipes being made from bone, wood, glass, steel, silver, gold, and stone. Wooden pipes are by far the most common due to low cost and versatility of design. A certain elegance can be achieved through good craftsmanship and quality wood which is very desirable. Hardwoods like Walnut, Cherry and Briar are well known for making beautiful pipes that stand the test of time…

Metal pipes are increasing in popularity simply due to their durability. Steel pipes don’t just snap in your pocket like a wooden or bone pipe might – they last a lifetime.

Novel designers are always bringing out new models in different materials and Enjoy Doha always keep on top of the market to bring the finest designs to our customers from around the world!

Medwakh, also spelled Midwakh, are typically of Arabian origin.  Dokha, a finely ground Iranian tobacco product that traditionally is not mixed with additives or flavours, is then smoked. The bowl of a Medwakh Pipe is typically smaller than that of a traditional western tobacco pipe. It is usually loaded by dipping the bowl into a container of Dokha tobacco.

Medwakh pipes are primarily produced in the United Arab Emirates, and are especially popular in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Enjoy Dokha: What is a Medwakh Pipe? The Medwakh Pipes are often custom made, allowing the smoker to specify the dimensions and design. Medwakh Pipes are crafted from a variety of materials including wood, bone, base metal, marble, steel, gold, silver,  or glass. They may incorporate precious items such as diamonds, gemstones and rings of precious metal inscribed with symbols, such as a falcon similar to the one shown in the UAE coat of arms. The pipe may be crafted to resemble a dromedary camel, a highly revered animal in the UAE; the opening of the bowl shaped as the camel’s mouth, with a small hole connected to a metal shaft inside the body of the pipe to conduct the smoke to the user.

Among many modern variations of the Medwakh Pipe, some are covertly disguised as pens, some can be split apart for cleaning, and some can have double bowls or double stems. Most Medwakh Pipes crafted today have a mouthpiece sized to fit a plastic filter to reduce the inhalation of impurities.

Most people like to express their individuality with their Medwakh Pipes, this is why Enjoy Dokha have over 30 different designs and styles to choose from.

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