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

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Overlapping inscriptions such as this one usually used standard texts because of the difficulty of executing them. This style was particularly popular in 19th century Turkey as a way of demonstrating a calligrapher's virtuosity.

Turkey. 19th century. 20 x 33.6 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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