Jan’s husband Guy is very handy – just take a look at the Mah Jongg table cover he made for her:


Jan writes, “Hi Ann.  Just had a game here tonight and realized it was a good time to take some pics of the table Guy made me almost ten years ago.  He did the framing under the top to fit over the card table.  He used the materials a contractor would to line the walls around a tub/shower and curved the corners.  To make it stable, he used two and glued them together.  Then I painted the tiles in the corners.  The tiles fly over the table and if you use the large card, there is plenty of room.  I won tonight!!!  $4.60‼️‼️‼️‼️. I am a happy Mahj gal tonight 🀄️🀄️”


From page 156 in the September issue of British Vogue…and only £24,669! 

BTW, that’s $38,716.76 in U.S. currency…


A closer look:IMG_0903

And speaking of British Vogue, how about this advertisement for an “embroidered Mahjongg suit” from a 1920s issue of the magazine – I like these prices much more than the price of that Mahjong set!

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I’m so excited – after spending a couple of years (!) working on some ideas, the time has finally come for me to share them with you. First I want to show you a few samples from the Mah Jongg Gift Collection which includes mugs, iPhone cases, and magnets, with other types of products to come in the future. All of these gifts show images of beautiful vintage Mah Jongg sets.

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See full collection!

And then, on a slow boat from China (literally!) and due to arrive in the beginning of October, comes the vintage-inspired Mah Jongg Table Cover. As soon as they arrive I will have a link up on the blog to purchase them. I am thrilled about these table covers and hope you will be too! The table cover is secured to your card table with ties on all four corners that you tie into a bow around each leg. 

Mah Jongg Table Cover 7-6-15Here are some details of the corners:IMG_8846 IMG_8847 IMG_8848


The New York Times and a beautiful mug filled with a yummy latteIMG_0906


 Author Event:  Ann Israel – Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1 PM  

7 Library Avenue • Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Phone: (631) 288-3335 • Fax: (631) 288-5715

Join author Ann Israel for a special presentation of her gorgeous book!

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mag Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in, the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whether used as a reference or a beautiful keepsake, it’s a very worthy addition to the world of Mah Jongg.” —Ruth Unger, President, National Mah Jongg League

“What a great book … The many international manufacturers, the culture craze, and variations in decorative elements have all been pulled together by Ann Israel and Gregg Swain in a very readable and incredibly well-researched book that not only is chuck-full of useful information but laden with wonderful illustrations. Next time a set comes across my desk, I’ll not only know more about it, but can refer the owner to the definitive source for all Mah Jongg set knowledge.” —Lark Mason, Lark Mason Associates, Antiques Roadshow

“The perfect gift for the mah jongg maven in your life.” —Southern Jewish Life Magazine

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game will be available for purchase and author signing at the Westhampton Free Library on August 30th thanks to:

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J (one of the OMs) is in Santa Fe and sent the following email. Mah Jongg really is everywhere!

Hi Y’all…so here we are in Santa Fe, where the worlds largest Indian Market will be held this weekend and we stumble into the only non-Native American or Southwest store around and not only is it Asian but they had two mahjong sets and this mahjong lamp!!
$395…any takers let me know and I’ll forward the info!