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Old July 2nd, 2007, 03:10 PM
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An old friend from the motherland went to an auction yesterday in London of all places that dedicated to vintage, restored narghiles. I really wish I was able to attend it seems some fantastic, rare stuff was about. A wide range of items from Turkey, the Arab world and Southern Europe were on offer from 16-19th centuries. It would seem that almost everything was professionally restored which is a must because DIY has it's limits. The costs went from reasonable (1000USD) to shocking (50000USD) with most stuff going for around 2-40000.

Craftsmanship has really declined over the last hundred years or so as slave made junk floods virtually every market. Very depressing.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 06:42 PM
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I would LOVE to get a decorative, yet functional hookah! I keep hoping one will fall in my lap! Cuz I can't afford 1k

Anyway we can take a look at these pics of these hookahs!?? To drool over....
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
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Although I never bought anything at one of those auctions I used to attend such events once or twice a year. Basically, serious collectors and museums go to the auctions which are for some reason often held in Turkey, Riyadh and a few places in Europe. The more expensive ones are made from antique porcelain or precious metal and are usually restored by professionals.

I used to go to the pre-auction exhibitions and look at the smoking art. Generally, they donít let you take pictures at these things which is something I never liked. I havenít been to one for a while now but they are a lot of fun (free champagne, tobacco and great food) if you donít mind talking to obsessive collectors.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 08:50 PM
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Speaking of Auctions..

I am currently working on a Hookah Auction site. This site will basically be run off the concept of Ebay, but specifically for Hookahs and Cigars.

I will have store options available for Vendors, and basic auctions for those individuals looking to sell their hookahs or accessories. This concept has never been done before, so I came up with the idea and Im going strong with it.

The site is up, and you can navigate and look around. Its not done yet, but give me a couple weeks. Here is the addy...

http://www.HookahAuctions.com

Thought and suggestions, feel free to tell me. Looking forward to seeing you guys there.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 12:08 AM
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dude that is tooo cool!

I commend you for building such a sweet site! Let us know when you get it 100% functional, i'll def be on there!
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 09:11 AM
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Props, man.
That's a really cool idea. Cause I'm pretty sure they can't sell tobbacco on ebay at all, right?
At least that's what I encountered. I'll be checkin in.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 09:25 AM
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Speaking of Auctions..

I am currently working on a Hookah Auction site. This site will basically be run off the concept of Ebay, but specifically for Hookahs and Cigars.

I will have store options available for Vendors, and basic auctions for those individuals looking to sell their hookahs or accessories. This concept has never been done before, so I came up with the idea and Im going strong with it.

The site is up, and you can navigate and look around. Its not done yet, but give me a couple weeks. Here is the addy...

http://www.HookahAuctions.com

Thought and suggestions, feel free to tell me. Looking forward to seeing you guys there.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Thanks for the support guys.

I already have about 3 or 4 MAJOR Sellers from Ebay, coming to me. Along with them, I plan on contacting Social Smoke, Hookah-Shisha, SouthSmoke, Hookah Hub, etc. Simply put...ONE site for ALL your hookah needs. Everyone always goes to 4 or 5 different sites for their hookahs and supplies, why not just go to one?

It is fully functional right now guys, so feel free to register and start using it. When I say its not done, I mean it in a design standpoint. Go ahead and register and start selling/buying if you want.

Any comments or suggestions, just tell me. Im always open to making my site better!

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Old July 5th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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I thought that everyone would like to know that a friend of mine is having a book coming out around Christmas called "The Artistry of the Narghile" which will cover narghile craft and culture of the 17 & 1800s. It will have a lot of full colour plates showcasing some of the more exotic and lovely pieces from various museums and private collections that people like us seldom, if ever, get to see. The text will be in German, Turkish and English with a leather cover and wooden slip jacket. If anyone wants more info just let me know.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 04:38 PM
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I thought that everyone would like to know that a friend of mine is having a book coming out around Christmas called "The Artistry of the Narghile" which will cover narghile craft and culture of the 17 & 1800s. It will have a lot of full colour plates showcasing some of the more exotic and lovely pieces from various museums and private collections that people like us seldom, if ever, get to see. The text will be in German, Turkish and English with a leather cover and wooden slip jacket. If anyone wants more info just let me know.
Oh heck ya! I would like some info! That would be a great coffee table book in my hookah room!
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Old July 5th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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hells yeah!!! bet that will be an awesome read!
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Old July 6th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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Yeah Hajo, if there's any way to reserve one, etc, please keep us posted.
I'd be very happy to purchase one, and even happier to read it!
True history of hookah is definetly something I'd like to know more about.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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Yes, Hajo - keep everybody informed. That book will be killer!
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Old July 7th, 2007, 12:50 AM
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I am pretty excited about the book as well because almost nothing exists in English on the topic. Pretty much everything is in Turkish or Arabic which is a real bitter pill. The downside of the book will be the cost which is likely to be over 75USD. Still, books are forever and it should be unique. I'll keep everyone up on the progress as I get it.
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