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

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This particular calligraphic fragment creates an illuminated carpet page, which combines letter (mufraddat) exercises on three horizontal lines and Persian poetical excerpts written in diagonal between colored triangular corners (called "thumb pieces").

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 17th century. 11.1 x 19.7 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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