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.

Beautifully-crafted tools such as these scissors were prized by calligraphers in Ottoman Turkey.

Turkey. 19th century. 29.3 x 4.3 x 0.9 cm. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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