The academician Adolf Charlemagne created the first satin cards

The academician Adolf Charlemagne created the first satin cards

Certainly, a lot of people believe that the word «Satin» in the name of the card deck means a material they are made of. Earlier it was really so as the cards had been printed on special paper and then were thoroughly polished. Such technology allowed protecting paper from small damages or soaking. But with the development of mass cards production such method became very expensive therefore, the technology of printing on satin was canceled.

Nowadays, satin playing cards are called so because standardized graphics are used for their printing. They were invented by the academician of art Adolf Charlemagne at a personal request of Alexander I. The matter is that the monopoly on playing cards production was introduced during the reign of that emperor. Such production brought quite good money to the budget of the Russian Empire therefore the governor simply couldn't give up that manufacturing. Thus, Alexander I asked Adolf Charlemagne to create unified image that could be used for printing all the decks to reduce the cost of manufacture.

The artist took the classic French card pack as a basis, made some changes and called such cards «satin». Only 4 colors (rather available) were used for production. Russian coat of arms was reflected on two cards, however this tradition doesn’t exist nowadays. For the rest, we can see those satin cards which were created by Charlemagne several centuries ago.

 
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