Item Details

Item No. 2057



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 back of the board (which doubles as a chessboard) features romantic paintings, evoking classical Persian poetry such as the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, where wine and song are prominent. The intricate pattern on each corner is known as esleemee in Persian. There is no exact English translation; the closest word would be mosaic.

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)

Note: the pieces are included, but the packaging will vary.

Dimensions: 39.5 cm (15.5") wide when open; length 39.5 cm (15.5"); depth when closed 4 cm (1.5").

Shipping weight 3.6 pounds.