Meerschaum pipes came into being over 300 years ago when artisans discovered the beauty of Meerschaum. Meerschaum is used for more than just pipes. Meerschaum is used for pipes for several reasons. Pipe smokers like the intricate designs that can be carved into the pipes. Meerschaum pipes are prized by owners the world over. Meerschaum pipes can be purchased wherever fine tobacco products are sold.