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 text of this page is executed in black nasta'liq script on a blue piece of paper sprinkled with gold flecks. Every verse is framed by a gold line and separated by a gutter or border illuminated with panels in gold, pink, and orange hues. The whole of the text panel is pasted onto a larger orange sheet of paper backed by cardboard.

Calligrapher: Mahmud b. Mawlana Khwajah. Iran or Central Asia. 16th century (?). 14.2 x 23.8 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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