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.

The script on this page is thuluth, a cursive script typical of the Mamluk period (14th-15th centuries) in Egypt. The background of spiral scrollwork used on this decorative page is also characteristic of Korans of this period

Calligrapher: unknown. 14th-15th centuries. 11.2 x 16.8 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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