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Exquisite Persian Marquetry Backgammon / Chess Board – Bazm

Step into the majestic world of Persian artistry with this intricately designed backgammon or Takhte Nard (Persian: تخته نرد), a testament to Iran’s deep-rooted tradition and craftsmanship. Every detail of this hand-crafted piece hails from the artistic heart of Isfahan, a city renowned for its brilliant artisans and storied history.

Using the ancient art of Khatam Kari (Persian: تخته نرد), or Persian marquetry, artisans breathe life into this backgammon board. The time-honoured tradition of Khatam Kari dates back centuries and involves crafting intricate geometric patterns from delicately cut pieces of wood, bone, and metal. The technique is emblematic of Isfahan, reflecting the city’s commitment to preserving its artistic heritage. What sets this board apart is its unparalleled quality. Crafted from the sturdy beech tree wood, its durability is as commendable as its artistry.

The design, termed “Bazm” (Persian: تخته نرد), transports the beholder to an opulent Persian gathering. Bazm, a term entrenched in Persian literature and culture, symbolises festivity and grandeur. The board becomes a canvas, illustrating Persian men and women adorned in their traditional attire, lost in the reverie of music, song, and wine. This narrative, rich in cultural significance, offers not just a game, but a story, an experience, a window into a bygone era of Persian grandeur.

Measuring at a sizable 60 cm × 60 cm, or approximately 23.6 inches x 23.6 inches, this board doesn’t just cater to backgammon enthusiasts. Turn it over, and you’re greeted by a chessboard, equally magnificent in its detailing. It’s a celebration of two ancient games, married together by Persian artistry.

Indulge in a game or simply let it adorn your living space, this Persian backgammon and chess board is not just a game, but a testament to the rich tapestry of Persian art and culture. It’s not merely an object, but a conversation starter, a tale of tradition, and a masterpiece of hand-crafted perfection. For those who cherish art, history, and the irreplaceable touch of human hands, this piece promises to be an invaluable addition to your collection.

£ 1,380 Inc. VAT

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