About Us

Baba Studio was founded in 2002 by Russian/Irish husband and wife partnership Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony. Alex was originally trained in the Kharkov Academy, Ukraine as an illustrator and designer. Karen did her post-graduate training at the Royal College of Art in London, specialising in interactive media. Until the summer of 2016, the studio was run from the centre of the old part of Prague, where it was surrounded by inspiring art and architecture. It has now moved to beautiful Kerry, in south-west Ireland, but will still keep a small workspace in the old centre of Prague.

The studio is well-known for extravagant, “Modern Baroque” visuals with a distinct twist of both humour and the bizarre. Baba Studio’s tarot decks have won many awards and have three times been voted the “Deck of the Year”. They’ve become internationally known for their sheer quality and usability, and nowadays are very collectible.

Besides decks and books, published by Magic Realist Press, the studio produces a growing number of uniquely designed textile products including accessories, clothing and small interior design items, all with the distinct Baba blend of lavish decoration, lovely quality and a distinctly Bohemian attitude.

We collaborate on an increasing number of licensed products, both digital and physical. We also wholesale to shops all over the world. If you’re interested in buying wholesale or licensing any of our Bohemian Cats, Bohemian Gothic, Victorian Romantic, Alice or other images please contact us.

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