History of Tangrams
Tangrams became very popular during the 19th century in Europe and America. This happened as trade with China opened up and sailors brought home new amusements they discovered during their travels. It is said that Tangram translated from Old English is "puzzle" or "trinket.
The "Chinese Puzzle" over the years has created many books and picture card sets.
Some examples of Chinese tangram sets still exist today with pieces carved from and/or inlaid with ivory, jade and other fine materials from the early 1800ís.