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Carved Soapstone 10-inch Chess Set (India)

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Item #: 1012688

  • Chess set is handcrafted in India
  • Top of the velvet-lined chess box is also made from soapstone
  • Box designed to hold chess pieces individually rather then loose...more

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    Enjoy the game of kings on a whole new level with Worldstock's carved soapstone 10-in. chess set.

    Each piece in this eye-catching set is handcrafted in India using age-old techniques. The top of the velvet-lined box is also made from soapstone. Free your inner chess master or indulge a friend's hobby--order yours today.

    The Story Behind the Product

    35 year old Fahim Khan has been shaping stone into exquisite design since he was a 12 years old. His father was a government employee, so Khan had to learn the craft from other craftsmen. In Agra, where Khan lives, the primary crafts are leatherworking and stone working. Khan choose to work on stone and now makes soapstone chess-sets as well as many other decorative and utilitarian items, including candle-holders, Taj Mahal replicas and more. He says it takes over 15 days to carve a full set of chess pieces and ready the board. The final product sells for over 1300 rupees in the market. Ansari supports his large family; including his parents, his wife, and four sons.

    Each Worldstock product is a unique creation from a far-away culture. By shopping with us you are helping to keep the ancient artisan traditions of these fascinating communities alive.

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

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10 in. x 10 in. x 1.75 in.
Soapstone, wood
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  • Excellent Product

    This was purchased for a 14 year old young man who has been playing chess for about 6 years. He has started to collect chess sets and I was looking for something a little more sophisticated and elegant but rugged enough to withstand multi-game tournaments. I found that in this product. It is beautiful and wonderfully crafted. The wooden 'table' is a hinged case with a cushioned velvety interior with individual slots for the soapstone pieces. The chessmen are individual works of art. There is a note inside stating that each piece is hand crafted, caveat emptor in your belief of this, however true or not they are amazing to behold. The size of the pieces is perfect for a moderately advanced novice to start using. Each different man is easily distinguished from the others and that is important not to have a pawn and a bishop who resemble each other too greatly. This is an elegantly crafted sophisticated chess set that handles easily and is compact enough to travel and has become the favorite chess set to date.

  • Chess for son.

    The chess set was a replacement gift to my oldest son. Who did not receive one a Christmas (ordered from a different establishment) it turned out better than the one's I purchased for my other children. Very elegant.

    mrbrownreview from Live in FL Home is in the west, Mar 19, 2009

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  • needs to be replaced arived broken

    The chess set arrived with broken pieces and will have to be exchanged, not happy with my first purchase.

  • Satisfied Customer

    I was looking to purchase a chess set for my friend's daughter for her birthday. I went on and found a nice selection from which to choose. I had the chess set delivered to my friend's home which made it very convenient since I could not be there for the birthday party. Very easy, great selection and quick and cheap delivery - all around, a great experience. I will definitely use again.

  • Perfect!

    I was a little uneasy about my purchase at first because of the know, you get what you paid for. But this chess set surpassed even my hopeful expectations. It's absolutely beautiful and looks like I paid 3 times the amount I did.

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    CPT SCOTT Feb 17, 2015

  • very impressed

    Bought this for my 16 year old...that loves playing chess. He loved it and I hope he will cherish this gift from his mom, for many years. Love knowing the story about where it came from.


    Jo A. Dec 28, 2014

  • Cyber Monday prize!

    I was so happy to find this chess set at an excellent price on cyber Monday. It is a beautiful high quality set and was delivered quickly. I purchased it for my 14 year old son. He was pleased to receive a grown up chess set to replace his worn out plastic set from Toys R Us. It was great to support an artisan from India. Only negative - sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the different pieces.


    Christi D. Dec 27, 2014

  • chess set

    It is great! No issues... arrived on time and enjoy the product


    carebear from San Antonio. texas, Dec 17, 2014

  • workmanship less then desirable

    This is the first time I have received something from that I was not thrilled with. To look at it is pretty but does not seem like a stone, more like a thick plastic. Smaller then I had imagined, but that was my fault for not reading carefully. The box is roughly made and has splinters if you are not careful you will get stuck.


    minute123 from Jacksonville, Fl., May 19, 2014

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What is the diameter of the biggest piece? kfos46 on Oct 11, 2014
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Hello kfos46, this is a handcrafted item, which creates variations in size, color, and design, and makes it difficult to give exact measurements, particularly on a piece-by-piece basis. The board pictured should be approximately 10 inches wide by 10 inches long, maybe that can give you a better sense of the relative size of the chess pieces. I hope this information is helpful. Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 14, 2014

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