Though playing cards have been with us for thousands of years, their present design is much more recent. In the middle ages many of the face card designs were first printed, with feudal society represented by the 4 different suits. The number of cards in a deck, along with the number of suits are taken from the Roman calendar. Though many people assume that playing cards were influenced by Tarot cards, this was't true. Divining cards have been in use for a much longer time.