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Royal Fez Moroccan Deck
A deck based on the famous Rider-Waite-Smith, whose illustration was commissioned by Roland Berrill, one of Mensa founders.
Berrill wanted the images to remain faithful to the RWS's ones, but at the same time he wanted something reflecting 12th-century Fez.
Art is quite simple, and colours deserve special considerations: the figures are all surrounded by a sort of golden frame (thicker at the base of the Major Arcana, where there is also the number - albeit barely visible - usually associated with the Arcanum, but without its name); the majority of the scene is black and white, whereas the central figure is coloured; a few people say these are muted colours, and I guess they say so because of the black and white prevalence, but the colours used are primary colours and quite flashy. Minor Arcana lack numbers and names, but it's not a problem if you're familiar with the RWS. Moreover, nearly everybody is blond or white-haired, except for the Queen of Wands whose hair is green!
On the whole, the Royal Fez Moroccan deck - even though it's far from being artistically breathtaking - is quite easy to read with.