Monday, November 29, 2010

Turkish Tavla

 Like everyone else, I'm sitting here waiting for hot deals on Amazon. But if you have someone on your list who doesn't need books or electronics, you're probably clicking around like a maniac trying to find something interesting. (Something not made in China or available at Target would be nice!)

How about a backgammon (tavla) set? Conjures images of old men in coffee shops, doesn't it?

Yup, I can just see them under the shade of an arbor smothered with bougainvillia or at the edge of the town square, people watching between moves...

This set is pretty cool, and not too expensive. has it for under $50.00. I suppose if you're not into games, it would still look nice up on a bookshelf. Rummikub is pretty cool too. If you've never tried that, it's like Gin Rummy but with domino-like tiles. In Turkey, these games are pretty much de rigueur. I knew some ladies that had regular *ahem* gatherings to play Rummikub (called Okay in Turkey). I never went because I didn't want to lose my shirt, if you know what I mean.

How about a coffee set to go with those games? Tulumba has those too! OK, that one is probably more for the ladies group...but if you need an ashtray (Ashtray? What's that? Where do you even GET one of those anymore? You did know Camels were made with Turkish Tobacco.) Tulumba has neat looking ashtrays too...and over 100,000 other neat things that might work for your hard-to-impress giftees.

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Jules said...

OMG, I spent an entire summer by the pool drinking and playing backgammon! Now, I'm older and need the coffee set :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

LTM said...

hmmm... very interesting! And we're supposed to be shopping, right? When do those Amazon deals start again??? ;p

That tea set looks like something my mom would like! Thanks, girl~ <3

Old Kitty said...

Oooh I like the coffee set!!! The only person I know who would love this amazing game is my ex - so maybe I'll pass on that and just stick to the gorgeous coffee set!!!!
p.s. for some reason I thought your post was going to be about a turkish edible delicacy! I think I read halva for tavla! silly me!!!!

Take care

Golden Eagle said...

I used to know how to play backgammon . . . but I've forgotten, now. LOL.

I like the coffee set! said...

Very posh coffee set. Mmmmm coffee. I haven't played backgammon in years!:O)

Hart Johnson said...

I LOVE that Backgammon set... and my set is falling apart (as it was ALWAYS a cheap one). I have uncanny Backgammon luck, so most people who've played me won't play me again. Doesn't extend to other dice games necessarily...

Those tea cups remind me a little of the Ceralyn Kashmir which was a complimentary pattern we registered for as starry eyed dreamers--GORGEOUS, but expensive... it complimented our basic pattern (white with gold trim) but was SO beautiful--very much in line with the name Kashmir.


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