Tarot card illustrations © U.S. Games, Inc.
The Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot
was created in the 1950s by Roland Berrill (the founder of MENSA -- a high I.Q. society) and artist Michael Hobdell.
Both died before the deck was printed. Their design, drawn in pen and ink, was based on a legend that tarot was a remnant of secret societies that once existed in Fez, Morocco. The black-and-white backgrounds of the images suggest Moroccan landscapes, architecture, and culture.
However, the foreground is undeniably a clone of Rider-Waite-Smith imagery.
Get a Tarot Reading Widget for Your Website or Blog