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History of Tangrams


The tangram as an invention is not recorded in history.The earliest known Chinese book is dated 1813 but the puzzle was already very old by then. At that time it was considered a game for women and children.

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.