Tallinn University of Technology

There is a playing cards exhibition "Cards Reveal"  at library's 2nd floor reading area from July 1 to July 30. 

Playing cards have a long and colourful history, which is why there are many versions about their origin. Playing cards most likely originated in China and made their way to Europe in the 14th century with travelling merchants and soldiers. At first, the cards were a luxury item, crafted and painted by hand, and there were few who could afford a set of cards. However, this changed with the invention and spread of the printing press, which enabled to print in larger quantities and with reduced costs. Playing cards have gone through many changes and they have had an important role in the society. The cards often represented important events, rulers and characteristic clothing of the period they were made in. The design, suit, and number of cards in a pack differs from one country to another. The widespread 52-card deck with black and red suits known to us originated in France.

The current exhibition “The Cards Reveal...” displays a selection of cards from Maris Nool’s collection.

“My collection started by chance over ten years ago when I bought an interesting-looking pack of cards at a fair. Both classic and peculiarly shaped and designed card packs have found their way to my collection during the years. A card is like a miniature work of art for me, something that is always interesting to look at.”

The exhibition was compiled by Maris Nool, designed by Tiia Eikholm.