Each purchase provides 16 hours of labor for a low income artisan in rural Lebanon

Backgammon may be the world's oldest board game. Invented in Mesopotamia, there is evidence of it being played in ancient Egypt, Rome, China, Japan, and England. Over the millennia it evolved into today's simple but multilayered game of tiles and strategy. Made by a fourth-generation artist in Damascus, Syria, this game board is handcrafted using hundreds of tiny pieces--called tesserae--of inlaid walnut, olive, lemon, apricot, and rosewood. As each piece is handcrafted, the exact colors and patterns of the inlay may vary. You can also play chess and checkers on the reverse of the folding case. Backgammon and checker pieces included. 

  • - 3.7 lbs
  • - Board (open): 16" L x 16" W
  • - Walnut, olive, lemon, apricot, and rosewood
  • - Each artwork is unique - wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
  • - Playing pieces included
  • - Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts - not for children under 3 years
  • - Made in Lebanon
  • - Wood grain and color can vary slightly
  • - Comes with a story card explaining the social impact of the product 
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Artisans in the developing world lack access to the global economy. Novica works to employ artisans and preserve their culture around the world, while providing meaningful access to global markets. Since 1999, over $88M has been sent to indigenous artisans and all products are produced under fair trade standards.

Your purchase today ensures artisans in the developing world have a better tomorrow.