Backgammon is the oldest recorded board game in the world, and now Alexandra Llewellyn Design has created a backgammon shop in the shape of a de luxe range of boards, all tournament sized and all handmade. The company has created four unique designs each with its own distinctive atmosphere – be it elegant nudes or hand-painted palms and feathers, all encased in an exquisitely made wooden case with a signature fastening. Each board is handmade using the finest woods and leather, with perfectly weighted veneered playing pieces, cups and extra large doubling die and compartments lined in kid. It is both a game and a work of art that will sit comfortably in the rarest company in the most exclusive worlds.
The company also makes bespoke boards where the playing points are each designed to illustrate people and events in the client’s life, producing a unique portrait of anyone’s career, family and achievements.
Alexandra Llewellyn is a fine artist who trained in England, Italy and California. She was inspired to start her company after her time in charge of Product Development for Traditional Arts - a charity founded by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales to marry contemporary Islamic design and traditional craftsmanship. Alexandra’s time with the charity cemented her love of working with handmade design, new technologies and the expertise of craftsmen around the world.
Alexandra has been creating backgammon boards for over 5 years – and the amazing response prompted her to launch her company with this contemporary interpretation of the classic board.
A couple of useful links for backgammon users:
gnubg backgammon is the computer version of backgammon that allows users to analyze and improve their game: www.gnubg.org
backgammon board setup and rules are explained here: www.bkgm.com/rules.html