Masters Traditional Games brings you beautifully presented domino sets and fun variations on this classic game. Our extensive range of high quality items ensures there is something for everyone. Whether you are browsing for a lovely gift or just a set for everyday use, we will have the right product for you.
Mexican Train Dominoes
Mexican train dominoes is the domino craze that has been sweeping Americas and Europe for some years now. Terrific fun for 4 - 8 players of all ages.
Double Six Dominoes
An extensive and interesting choice of Double six domino sets. Range includes solid tournament sets, dominoes in beautiful presentation boxes as well as more unusual designs.
Double Nine Domino Sets
Here is our selection of high quality Double Nine Domino sets. Featuring superbly crafted sets that would make an excellent gift for any enthusiast.
Double Twelve Domino Sets
A range of the larger Double twelve Domino Sets. Mexican Train Dominoes is by far the most popular game played with a double twelve set but ordinary dominoes can be played too.
Other Domino Sets & Accessories
Here you can find other types of Domino games. Including Double Fifteen sets, Giant Dominoes and other fun variations on the classic game.
History of Dominoes
Tile games of some form have been found from around 1120 AD in China. Chinese dominoes are longer than Western ones and are divided into two types and were originally carved from bone or ivory with the indented pips made of ebony. Each Chinese tile represents one of the twenty-one different permutations of throwing two cubic dice although there are a total of thirty-two tiles since certain dominoes are duplicated. A set of Chinese tiles is divided into two categories - Military and Civilian. The Civilian tiles are the set of tiles that have duplicates while the Military tiles are those that are unique.
The game appeared first in Europe in 18th Century Italy, possibly in the courts of Venice and Naples. Although domino tiles are clearly of Chinese inheritance, there is debate over whether the game played by Europeans was brought by the Chinese to Europe in the fourteenth century or, in fact, was invented independently. European dominoes are shorter than Chinese ones and there is a single tile for each permutation of the throw of two dice or a blank making a total of twenty-eight tiles. This is the standard or "double-six" set and, as in China, various games can be played with it. Double-twelve sets (91 tiles) are popular in America and Double-nine sets (55 tiles) also provide some extra complexity to this genre of game.
The game arrived in Britain in the late 18th Century from France (possibly via French prisoners of war) and quickly seems to have become popular in inns and taverns at the time. The word "Domino" is French for a black and white hood worn by Christian priests in winter and that is probably from where the name of the game derives.
You can learn more about Dominoes from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.