Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy

CalligraphyQalam.com uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in the traditional art forms of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.

By using a series of different scripts (plaited kufic around the edges, naskh and kufic on the inner bands, and simple kufic just below the arch), carved on different planes, the calligrapher created an extremely rich surface that reverberates with the patterns of the lines.

Calligrapher: Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Ahmad Asid. Iran. 1154-1155 A.D. 92.5 x 67.6 cm. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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