In around 1909 he created three sets of playing cards. One set used grotesque imagery and visual puns from his caricatures and doodles, with the suit symbols integrated into the designs as hats or body parts. Another set (shown here) is more severe and geometric, with double-ended courts. His inventiveness was driven by a passion for rules, order and numbers.
Bernhard Altmann is from the “The House of Cashmere” and these playing cards honour their best known commodity: the fleece of the graceful horned Cashmere goat. Hans Lang created the symbolic artwork for the deck, dedicating each suit to the group of people that had the greatest significance for Cashmere through the ages: Hearts-Indians; Diamonds-Mongolians; Spades-Persians; Clubs-Chinese.