Item Details

Item No. 2054







khatam karee means "hand-inlaid."  To inlay is to apply wood or other materials in geometric shapes to decorate the surface of various objects. The average is 250 pieces for every cubic centimeter of inlaid work.  Commonly used materials include wood, metals and other objects.

The interior paintings feature the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae and Darius the Great.  The Immortals also appear on the other side, which doubles as a chessboard, along wtih Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian deity and the faravahar, the symbol of the Zoroastrian faith. The cracks are to duplicate the appearance of the original sculptures at the ancient Persian capital, Persepolis; they are not defects.

The board comes with a full set of pieces featuring a khatam pattern on the top and soft felt on the bottom.  A storage bag for the pieces and dice is also included.

This item would make an excellent gift for anyone who is fond of fine craftsmanship, folk arts, decorators or anyone looking for that extra touch of class for their home - even if they don't play backgammon! (But it is very easy to learn!)

Dimensions: 39.5 cm (15.5") wide when open; length 39.5 cm (15.5"); depth when closed 6.5 cm (2.5"). The pieces and dice are included.

Shipping weight 6 pounds.