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.

These three different types of pens are sold commercially in Iran. In the middle is a reed pen, on the right is a bamboo pen, and on the left is a carved wooden pen used for larger compositions.

Iran. 21st century. Courtesy of Pantea Tofangchi.

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