These types of cards are special because all the cards in the deck will either share a suit or not have a suite at all. These decks originated from games of the Cuckoo variety, in which the games were usually played with a deck with a single suit amongst all cards.
After this initial success, other forms of this card type started to pop up. The Quitli variety is the next popular. These are usually distinguished by the Arabic numerals that are printed on them.
These types of cards also became popular in the commercial card game world. This gave way to the game Spite and Malice and other similar card games that use these types of cards in their gameplay.