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.

A tool like this was used to burnish color pigments or gold leaf used in calligraphy. This burnisher is made out of jade, silver and horn.

Turkey. 19th century. 17 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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