The precise origin of Carrom is unknown it is widely believed that the game originated in the Indian subcontinent at some point in the 18th century. Many people state that it was designed by the Maharaja but, it is more likely to have been a game that was adapted from a similar street game from the period. Evidence that the game was being played in the Maharajas palaces comes from the Carrom board dating from around this period with a beautiful glass top that is held in the palaces in Patiala.
The wonderful family game of Carrom seems to share a family tree with billiards and shuffleboard and some believe that the games were invented by the Maharaja to impress the British colonials. It is possible this is why the game shares some much of it linage with popular British games of the time but, there is no direct evidence of this.
The game is most widely known as Carrom, Karrom or Strike and pocket but, is also known as carrum, couronne, carum, karam, karom, karum, fatta (Punjabi) and finger billiards.
The game of Carrom has been played by many generations, in many countries across the globe, however, the game really become popular after the First World War.
It’s simple design and compact size made it the perfect at home game. The game is more popular than ever and the formation of the World Carrom Federation in 1988 solidified this game’s future.
The World Carrom Federation set out the formal rules for the game and turned the game from an “at home past time” into an internationally recognized competitive sport. The game is now played at a competitive level across the globe but, will never stop being loved and enjoyed in homes across the world.
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