Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in the traditional art forms of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.

This calligraphic fragment comprises a sample of how to write a letter to a friend. Written in a fluid shikaste in black ink, the text is outlined in cloud bands and placed on a background painted in gold.

Calligrapher: 'Abdallah. Iran. 18th century. 20.3 x 21.7 cm. Shikaste script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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