100 NIGHTS TAROT REVIEW
The Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights is inspired by the Arabian folktales reputed to be the work of Scheherazade. The art is finely detailed with thick, ornate borders around each scene.
“Scheherazade, Aladdin, Sinbad, and Ali Baba are characters of A Thousand and One Nights, where they pursue adventure, magic, poetry, and eroticism.”
The Tarot of the 1001 Nights is a window to a magical and sensual Eastern world created from finely detailed, rich, and intricate art by Leon Carre, a new Tarot artist for Lo Scarabeo. His cards depict Tarot scenes through the lens of Arabian life and the East, as imagined when it was most fashionable among aristocratic Europeans of the 18th century.
The theme was inspired by the Tales of the Arabian Nights, the collection of fairytales that originate from the oral tradition of the Near East and are said to have been told by Scheherazade. Tales like the voyages of Sinbad the sailor, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, and Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, which were made available to English readers when translated in the nineteenth century, by Richard Francis Burton.
The major arcana cards of the 1001 Nighs are often mythical and magical, featuring dragons and winged beings, giant snakes and flying thrones. The minor suits of Chalices, Wands, Swords and Pentacles are more mundane – if huge palaces and lushly decorated surroundings can be considered mundane – and show humble inns and fishermen, lush and luxurious household scenes, towns and parks, merchant ships and blacksmiths. All of the cards have very thick, ornate borders; the majors with a red-toned border and the minors with a blue and yellow toned border and the suit element at the top.