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Chess Dhurrie Set
Out of hand carved wood blocks, these masters stamp lengths of cotton fabric, impressing each with a beautifully unique, one-of-a-kind 'dabu' (mud resist) pattern that reveals a tournament size chess board.
These raw dabu dhurries are then soaked in natural indigo vats and are later laid out to dry. As these prints are done by eye, they carry with them the telltale signs of the human hand; a mark of the ineffable humanity embedded within the tradition itself.
The dhurrie design and durability allows for convenient transport - able to be rolled up and unfurled wherever (and whenever) a game may present itself or serve as a coffee table rug that will add charm to any room when not in use.
Material: Hand woven cotton rug
Dimensions: Dhurrie (24 x 36”)
Chess board (17 x 17”)
A perfect pairing to this Chess Dhurrie are the XBLOX Chess Pieces designed by fellow chess lover, friend, and artist Jim Coady.
Timeless in design, tactile and stackable, these pieces honour the earlier traditions of the game, whereby pieces were represented by simplistic geometric shapes rather than the standard Staunton chess set we have come to know.
Made of Thai rubberwood, these shapes offer didactic cues as to the movement and point of value of the chess pieces through geometric symbolism. The result is a set which transcends potential barriers such as age, language, or experience level; the objective is accessibility.
Jim Coady, artist and creator of the XBLOX chess pieces
“For 25 years, I’ve been obsessed with the geometric beauty and perfection of these hardwood solids. The combinations of patterns using these six shapes is endless.”