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Persian Khatam Chess & Backgammon


Khatam marquetry is a treasured, ancient Persian craft for decorating special items. Delicate strips of various fine woods, brass and silver wires and camel bone are bonded together in little, usually hexagonal, bundles and then thin slices are cut from the bundles and affixed to the item to be decorated before lacquering. As it is a painstaking and delicate craft, usually the pieces decorated thus are relatively small.

This is completed with a beautifully carved set of 34 chess pieces in ebony and boxwood and a set of backgammon stones.

Sourced from the khatam craftsman in Esfahan

A rare and ancient Persian craft still practised in modern Iran