During the excavations carried out at the soap museum, a large and significant array of oriental pipes was extracted. Some are at the time being exposed at the museum historic zone.
Audi Foundation is currently assuming historical studies concerning these pipes.
The Oriental Tobacco Pipe, or Chibouk as known in Turkey, comprises three elements.
The head made from clay. The size and form of the head made from clay evolved in par with tobacco availability.
The wooden stick, which varied in length between one and four meters. By virtue of its length and used wood, it was possible to determine the social rank of the person who smoked it. Different kinds of wood were utilized amongst which jasmine wood was the most expensive since it absorbed all the nicotine. Cherry wood, ebony wood, apricot wood and rose wood were also put to use as well as balms, mastics, canes and ivory which were nevertheless used by peasants. The jasmine or cherry wooden sticks were habitually decorated with pearls, wrapped with silk and fixed by golden or silver threads.
The bottoms of the pipes were usually made from amber. However, women used coral bottoms and rich people used lacquer bottoms and garnished them at times with precious gems. This craft was first exercised in 1599 and lasted until 1929.
The oriental pipe was produced in Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.