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A much-loved game around Asia, mahjong takes centre stage at Chinese New Year gatherings. These exquisite sets created by luxury brands will jazz up your next game at home in the Year of the Tiger

From Hong Kong and Taiwan to Singapore and Malaysia, mahjong has long been a favourite pastime across the region. It’s no surprise, then, that this game is often played at Chinese New Year—a holiday spent with loved ones.

Whether you’re looking for a deluxe version of this classic game or want to go above and beyond to impress mahjong-playing guests in your home, take a look at our selection of the most beautiful sets to get your hands on. From playful, colourful creations with quality leather casing to a US$1 million set with rubies and diamonds, there is something for everyone. 

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1. Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s beautiful Vanity mahjong set adds flair to any mahjong game. The tiles come in a trunk featuring the brand’s signature monogrammed leather fabric and gold hardware. When opened, it reveals an elegant, vanity-like design in duck blue, with compartments dedicated to the tiles, chips and dice.

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2. Hermès

Tiles from this mahjong set will be instantly recognisable to fans of Hermès. Created by the luxury behemoth, the pieces are leather-printed and come in the brand’s signature orange hue. The mahjong box, meanwhile, is made with solid palisander wood and printed with the brand’s famed “swift” calfskin—a soft, semi-smooth leather with fine grain. 

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3. Prada

Saffiano leather makes a frequent appearance in Prada’s goods. Here in this mahjong set created by the Italian fashion brand, the material is used in the black and red casing—which comes complete with the brand’s lettering emblazoned in gold. Saffiano is found on the tiles, too, which are rendered in acrylic resin then wrapped in the leather.

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4. ST Dupont

Possibly the world’s most expensive mahjong set, ST Dupont’s creation will set you back a whopping US$1.07 million. 

Handcrafted over a period of eight months, the mahjong tiles are made of solid blocks of Tanzanian ruby, which according to the brand carries beautiful symbolism, including the energy of the sun. The gold vermeil frames around each tile are also handmade. 

These are tiles you will want to be gentle with in a game—each has more than 1,000 Burmese rubies and 300 diamonds.

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5. Editecture

In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Hong Kong lifestyle brand Editecture joined forces with luxury fashion retailer Joyce to create a limited edition mahjong set, made with sustainability in mind. 

It ticks a lot of boxes: the set, which is biodegradable, is handcrafted from black walnut wood. It is also made with upcycled materials from the archival collections of fashion houses Dries Van Noten, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Thom Browne and Yohji Yamamoto. Only 12 sets are available. 

If you didn’t move fast enough, Editecture has another stylish mahjong set that also puts sustainability at the forefront. This biodegradable set is made using cut-off fabrics collected from its sister label Edit the Brand. Playing mahjong while saving the planet at the same time—what’s not to love? 

Available at Edit the Brand stores in Hong Kong

6. Aerin

This colourful, eye-catching mahjong set is created by Aerin, the luxury home decor, fashion and beauty brand founded by Aerin Lauder, who is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder. Made with brass, resin, wood and suede among other materials, the tiles come in a shagreen box, which makes for a beautiful piece to display inside the home. 

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7. Noah & Grey

Made with walnut and oak, the tiles in this Noah & Grey mahjong set are engraved with minimal graphics, giving them a clean, sophisticated look. 

When the game is not in session, the tiered basket is something you’ll want to put on display: it’s sure to bring a rustic touch to coffee tables and cabinets alike. 

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8. Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli’s mahjong set might have a minimalist aesthetic, yet plenty of thought went into its craftsmanship. Made of European walnut wood and engraved using lasers, the set is made in Italy. 

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9. Berluti

Bringing mahjong to a loved one’s home has never been easier—or more luxurious. 

Luxury leather maker Berluti’s mahjong set, created in collaboration with the Chinese designers behind New York-based Benwu Studio, is encased in a sizeable clutch made in rich Venezia leather. The tiles within are made of wood. 

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10. Geoffrey Parker

Geoffrey Parker, UK-based makers of handcrafted versions of classic games, masterminded a lavish mahjong set in collaboration with Chinese mahjong craftsman Liu Jun.

The essentials of the game are presented in a beautiful, bright red leather trunk, which also accommodates items made for those much-needed breaks in hours-long mahjong sessions: think crystal glasses, a decanter and cigars.

The tiles are crafted from ox bone and bamboo. Buyers have the option to have dragon motifs engraved on the tiles.

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11. Shang Xia

Bright red and gold—there’s no mistaking this is a piece made for Chinese New Year celebrations. Created by Chinese luxury fashion brand Shang Xia, which was founded and later sold by Hermès, this is a simple yet sophisticated mahjong set that offers a festive touch to the mahjong table. 

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12. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) made a splash in the Garden City in 2020 when it released a limited-edition mahjong set, which sold out within two weeks. 

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on the covetable set, you’re in luck. In January 2022, the airline released another exclusive mahjong set with a brand new design and fresh colours.

The tiles from this edition boast a rich green shade. Each tile and chip are also embellished with SIA signature batik motif, as well as aviation-themed icons such as runway lights, aircraft and baggage.

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13. Scene Shang

Singapore-based homeware and lifestyle label Scene Shang offers a chic mahjong set with every purchase of its Xuan table, making it a much-coveted item for fans of mahjong and beautiful design.

The table is inspired by the avant-garde, versatile designs of mahjong tables used in gentleman’s clubs in Singapore in the 1960s. Besides being ideal for mahjong-playing, the table can be folded into a console or a triangular table. 

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This article was first published on May 12, 2021, and updated on January 27, 2022.

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