Deco Playing Cards? debut deck is inspired by one of the
oldest-known deck of 52 playing cards from Mamluk Egypt, discovered in a museum
in Istanbul. The artist of our deck is Dave Boyd, and the designer of our custom tuck box is Katy Orr.
Vegetation is an important feature in this early deck, so we
have assigned a plant important to the culture and economy of Islamic empires,
visible in the backgrounds and in the hands of the Queens: the Lotus for the
Hearts, the Blue Egyptian Water Lily for Diamonds, the Poppy for Clubs, and the
Cumin Flower for Spades.
Additionally, the original deck had different suits, which
we have assigned to the Kings: the Spades shows the King of Swords, the Clubs
shows the King of Polo Sticks, the Diamonds shows the King of Coins, and the
Hearts shows the King of Cups.