Last updated on July 26, 2023
This is our first recommendation for a Manopoulos luxury backgammon set and we doubt it will be the last. If you want to save yourself some time, skip the rest of this article, and place an order, because it is the complete all-in-one Deluxe Backgammon set. In this instance, we are looking at the Manopoulos Luxury Olive Wood Burl Backgammon set.
Construction and Dimensions
This quality backgammon set has been handmade by the Manopoulos craftsmen using a beautiful olive burl wood with real wood inlays and playing field. Wood by its very nature cannot be free of imperfections and the burl enhances this effect. A burl is an odd-looking growth on a tree. A burl usually grows when the tree is undergoing some stress. The tree’s growth patterns are disrupted and, as a result, it produces wonderful looking bulges and twirls. Grotesque on the outside, but glorious on the inside. The burl ensures that every set will be a unique piece of art.
The burl, with its colours ranging from milky white through to dark honey, creates a mother of pearl type effect on the outer cabinet and the playing field. Brass hinges and clasps are the only other adornment to the outer board. This gives the set a streamlined feel and ensures that attention is not drawn away from the patterns of the burl. There is no handle, but at 2.7kg, this is not a travel set. The dimensions when closed are: 7.62cm x 47.24cm x 29.72cm (H x W x D).
Inside, mahogany and wenge points have been expertly inlaid into the olive wood burl using traditional marquetry techniques. All of the colours complement each other perfectly creating a stunning playing field. There are convenient recesses at each end of the board to hold the checkers that are not in play. The checkers themselves are crafted from olive wood and fit the points perfectly. This is a nice touch, too often we see beautifully crafted wooden boards spoilt by the inclusion of acrylic or resin checkers. There is also a Manopoulos-branded velour drawstring bag for storing the pieces after play. To complete the collection there are a pair of luxury hand-carved wooden dice cups. The dice are plastic, but this is a minor irritation. This luxury backgammon set is complete, nothing needs to be added or changed.
The Manopoulos Luxury Olive Wood Burl Backgammon set is simply a stunning piece. It is beautifully crafted from premium materials. As a result, we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this as a Deluxe Backgammon set. RRP at the time of writing £249.95.
Manufacturer’s reference: BΕE1