Back when I first started smoking, there was a devoted following for Syrian pipes and I feel that is was well earned. They were cheap, beautiful and well made. They never had the mass market popularity of their Egyptian cousins because the Egyptians had the open draw that was touted as the best, but they held their own. It was more of an appreciation for classic designs that drew Syrian hookah fans to their pipes. It was just a matter of taste even though they were cheaper and less sought out than other designs.
My major concern with the current trend is that the Syrian pipes are being touted as god sent and artificially inflated to ambrosial status. With this kind of product fanaticism comes a lot of elitism that is really not conducive to the community and camaraderie that we should be trying to foster. I've been seeing a lot of people getting competitive and nasty over their own collections while acting as if the pipes they own translates into some kind of hookah mastery.
I am a fan of Syrian pipes and I have been for years. I own pipes that are now considered to be very rare and would sell for a lot of money. Does this make me better than someone else? Not in the slightest. My collection is nothing more than a reflection of my tastes; not my status.