Handmade Soapstone Chess Set 12x12 (India) - Black

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ITEM# 935591
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    ITEM#: 935591

    Keep your mind sharp and practice your wits by keeping this soapstone chess set in your collection. Sporting a velvet-lined box, this handmade set is easy to store safely away when not in use, with each piece having a customized slot for further protection. The set''s compact size is ideal for games anywhere in your home.

    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.

    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.
    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.

    Ships Carbon Neutral*

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    Material Stone, Wood
    Product Features Handmade
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    • great product
      Verified Purchase

      This was bought as a gift for my husband who has lost his previous chess set in a move. This is a beautiful replacement and he and our son fully enjoy it!

    • I was hoping for more
      Verified Purchase

      I was a little disappointed with the chess set. I was expecting it to be nicer. The pieces are pretty small, and not very well carved. Kind of like you would expect if someone carved a thousand of them a day. The case is pretty cheaply made, too; especially the fabric on the interior. I ordered it as a gift for my adult son, and once it arrived I realized that I could not give him that. I went to the mall and bought a nicer carved wooden chess set, although I did end up paying more for it

    • good set
      Verified Purchase

      The pieces and board of this chess set are very cool! It is a very attractive chess set, especially for the price. It was quite the deal in my opinion! Most chess sets I looked at were much more expensive. The inside padding that keeps the chess pieces in place was pretty cheap and did not look as nice as the rest of the set but it does its job in keeping the pieces nice and organized. Love this set!

    • Soapstone Chess Set
      Verified Purchase

      This chess set is awesome. We bought it for our 12 year old who loves chess. We read all the other reviews, and took the advice to put felt on the bottom of the pieces to prevent chipping or scratching and it works great!! The pieces still fit in the case, too. My son thinks this is the best gift he ever got. He take it out sometimes just to look at the pieces. We also gave him the story of how the set was made. It seems a little fragile, but we will just be careful with it. It was definitely worth the price and it was a great gift!!

    • Perfect for the price
      Verified Purchase

      We ordered this as a gift for my 8 year old son, I was very happy with it and he absolutely loved it, especially since it is a very "grown up" set! Unlike some of the other reviews, I was not surprised at the lack of felt or other "buffer" on the bottom of the pieces, since I could view the bottom of the pieces in the picture. I did purchase felt adhesive discs and attach to the bottom of his pieces when they arrived. This cost me only a couple of dollars and they are small enough that they cannot be seen when the pieces are in use. Soapstone is a very soft stone, so will take some additional care to avoid scratching. In looking to purchase a nice but reasonable priced set for my young son, this set was absolutely the most bang for the buck, when compared to other deals on the internet or in store.

    • Cute but very poor quality.
      Verified Purchase

      I was very dissatisfied with this product. The moment I opened and pulled it out of the tiny box it arrived in I knew I would be sending it back. It was really unfortunate because it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my husband and there was no way I would present it to him. I sent it back and ordered an electronic one instead. The pieces looked as though they were hand carved by a child and the fabric on the bottom of the pieces were glued on wrong and hung over the edges of the pieces. Not recommended for a gift of any special occasion.

    • Nice product.
      Verified Purchase

      This was an excellent gift for my boyfriend. The only problem we have had is that pieces break very easily, but with such a delicate material that is to be expected. The board and storage is very nice.

    • sweet!!!!!!
      Verified Purchase

      this chess set is heavy, well crafted, and the box is well made. the chess board is inlaid with stone as well. really nice chess set overall. and affordable.

    • Not Recommended
      Verified Purchase

      Things you should know: 1. The image on the site and the product are different. For instance the pawn is half the size (my girlfriend accurately described them as "missing their torsos" as compared with the photo). I returned the first set because of this, asked them to send me something at least close to the photographed product, and received the exact same thing except... 2. Pieces were broken. Each piece is made of two parts and roughly glued together, but one king arrived in two pieces. However, even if they stay in tact, pieces were often chipped. For example a black bishop was chipped exposing a large patch of white, unsightly stone beneath. 3. If you care about the interior (I don't), it's not put together well. The case feels like it might fall apart at any given moment. I was sitting there thinking "I could glue the king back together and use a marker to color the stone and buy a finish for the interior wood and buy new hinges and...wait - didn't I just buy this?" I was hoping to buy a nice chessboard at a decent price, but this was not it.

    • Cracked =(
      Verified Purchase

      I was very excited to purchase this set. It came to me in two days, but to my disappointment, the side of the chess set was cracked. The shipping box was in excellent shape so I know it wasn't a shipping problem. Soapstone is a very weak stone. I sent it back without wanting another one sent to me. The case itself was pretty but the crack wasn't.

    • Nice product.
      Verified Purchase

      This was an excellent gift for my boyfriend. The only problem we have had is that pieces break very easily, but with such a delicate material that is to be expected. The board and storage is very nice.

    • Cute but very poor quality.
      Verified Purchase

      I was very dissatisfied with this product. The moment I opened and pulled it out of the tiny box it arrived in I knew I would be sending it back. It was really unfortunate because it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my husband and there was no way I would present it to him. I sent it back and ordered an electronic one instead. The pieces looked as though they were hand carved by a child and the fabric on the bottom of the pieces were glued on wrong and hung over the edges of the pieces. Not recommended for a gift of any special occasion.

    • I was hoping for more
      Verified Purchase

      I was a little disappointed with the chess set. I was expecting it to be nicer. The pieces are pretty small, and not very well carved. Kind of like you would expect if someone carved a thousand of them a day. The case is pretty cheaply made, too; especially the fabric on the interior. I ordered it as a gift for my adult son, and once it arrived I realized that I could not give him that. I went to the mall and bought a nicer carved wooden chess set, although I did end up paying more for it

    • great product
      Verified Purchase

      This was bought as a gift for my husband who has lost his previous chess set in a move. This is a beautiful replacement and he and our son fully enjoy it!

    • good set
      Verified Purchase

      The pieces and board of this chess set are very cool! It is a very attractive chess set, especially for the price. It was quite the deal in my opinion! Most chess sets I looked at were much more expensive. The inside padding that keeps the chess pieces in place was pretty cheap and did not look as nice as the rest of the set but it does its job in keeping the pieces nice and organized. Love this set!

    • beautiful
      Verified Purchase

      The chess set was the perfect one I was looking for. It's unique and the peices have a good weight. I added felt to the bottom of the pieces which was easy.

    • Soapstone Chess Set
      Verified Purchase

      This chess set is awesome. We bought it for our 12 year old who loves chess. We read all the other reviews, and took the advice to put felt on the bottom of the pieces to prevent chipping or scratching and it works great!! The pieces still fit in the case, too. My son thinks this is the best gift he ever got. He take it out sometimes just to look at the pieces. We also gave him the story of how the set was made. It seems a little fragile, but we will just be careful with it. It was definitely worth the price and it was a great gift!!

    • nice set, cheap box
      Verified Purchase

      I would agree with other reviewers who have said that the set itself is nice but the box is very cheap looking. One of the squares was cracked and I had to push it back into place. It's a decent chess set, but not a luxery item.

    • chess case didn't meet my expectations
      Verified Purchase

      After reading the reviews I decided to buy it, but I was so disappointed when I received. The board/storage case was cracked and falling apart, seemed cheap especially the hinges. the board has scratches. I do like the pieces, which are beautiful but the box was put together very poorly.

    • Cracked =(
      Verified Purchase

      I was very excited to purchase this set. It came to me in two days, but to my disappointment, the side of the chess set was cracked. The shipping box was in excellent shape so I know it wasn't a shipping problem. Soapstone is a very weak stone. I sent it back without wanting another one sent to me. The case itself was pretty but the crack wasn't.

    • Verified Purchase

      GREAT PRODUCT WELL BUILT NICE PRICE

    • Verified Purchase

      Love this chess set. I bought one for each of my grown children.

    • Verified Purchase

      Gave as a gift and they love it! Great quality and size!

    • Verified Purchase

      The carrying case it came is is cheep looking and the squares are a faded color and look worn already. The chess pieces were very small and you have to bring them close to see any detail and know what piece you are playing.

    • Was not happy
      Verified Purchase

      It looks awesome from the picture on the page. But when you get it it looks really cheap made.

    • Verified Purchase

      Good quality looks great on the coffee table

    • Christmas gift
      Verified Purchase

      Got it for the kids- they loved it!

    • We love it.
      Verified Purchase

      Christmas gift that really turned out well. We play chess all the time and this set is gorgeous, but not too pricey, and we get a lot of use out of it.

    • Chess board
      Verified Purchase

      Looked nice but the chess pieces were much smaller than expected

    • Game night for me and my husband
      Verified Purchase

      we love this set very sturdy and well made

    Questions & Answers

    • Q:

      "Why did you choose this product?"

      • A:

        Our grandson wants to play chess with us and I want a board that looks OK, is big enough to use but easy to store the pieces. This one looked good and there was no shipping charge.

      • A:

        fair trade

      • A:

        gift for my nephew's new house.

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    • Q:

      "How big are the actual pieces to the chess set?"

      • A:

        Pieces range from 1 3/4" to 2 3/4" high.

      • A:

        King is 2 1/2 inches, pawn is 1 1/4 inches according to the ruler I own.

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    • Q:

      "What are the dimensions on this set?"

      • A:

        The dimensions are 2 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches.

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