About this design
Chess is believed to have originated in India in the 6th Century at this point it was a much earlier form of the game we now play. From there it moved to Persia, and through Persian and Muslim trading it was brought to Europe and spread throughout by the turn of the millenia.
It has undergone many changes since then, the last big changes being made around 1500.
Today it is still as strong as ever, and this design showing relics of the game from all over the world for the last thousand years, is a testament to it's age old popularity.