This chessboard is made of alternating light and dark wood (macassar ebony and maple).Macassar is a type of Ebony that comes from Southeast Asia and has a dark, striped appearance. It offers a rustic or antique look with its strong texture and grain. The board has a macassar ebony border of about 2 3/8" all the way around that provides an elegant, finished look. This board will look good with any dark wood pieces or lighter pieces for a nice contrast. The squares are a standard 2-1/8" size.