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The history of the Arabian coffee pot

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14 MAR 2020

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Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

Historians interested in Arabian culture are often curious about when the first traditional coffee pot, or Al-Dallah, was manufactured. They are said to have emerged since the pre-Islamic periods, especially when Hatem Al-Ta’i brought it to the Arabian Peninsula from the Ghassanids in the Levant.

Origins

Al-Dallah is used to make and serve Arabic coffee. It has many types and shapes depending on where it is made; distinguishing factors include decorations, seal and name of maker. The most famous types of Al-Dallah include Al-Hijazia, Al-Baghdadia, Al-Quraishiyya, Al-Halabya, Al-Hasawiya and Al-Hailiya.

Al-Quraishiyya

This type is attributed to the Quraysh tribe and manufactured in Makkah. It is considered one of the highest-quality coffee pots and widespread throughout the Kingdom, the prices of which vary according to the shape and materials used.

Al-Hijazia

As the name suggests, this type of coffee pot is famous in the Hijaz region but can be found throughout the Kingdom. It is distinguished by its luxurious design and unique shape.

Al-Hasawiya 

This is one of the oldest types of coffee pots in the Kingdom and distinguished by its elegant shape and high-quality material, making it one of the most valuable kinds in the Kingdom.


Al-Hailiya

This type of coffee pot is considered one of the most beautiful types and has been manufactured in the Hail region for more than 100 years. Made from copper, these pots are characterized by their quality and diverse range of sizes and shapes. They are often manufactured by highly-skilled craftsmen in the village of Qasr Al-Asrawat.

Al-Baghdadiya

Widely used in Iraq and the Gulf region in general, this class of Al-Dallah is distinguished by its elegance and beautiful shapes as well as its variety of short and long sizes.