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

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This ferman (imperial edict) includes a magnificent rendering of the tughra (the offical, yet stylized, signature of the reigning sultan) of Ahmed II. This was executed by one of the leading court calligraphers, in blue and gold with touches of orange.

Turkey. 1694 A.D. 164 x 48 cm. Divani script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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