Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.


Welcome to Calligraphy Qalam—we’re glad you’re here. On this website you'll find a variety of interactive tools and information to help you learn more about calligraphy in the Arab, Ottoman and Persian traditions.

Frequently-asked questions

Watch the introductory video

This video gives an overview of how to learn calligraphy. It introduces the art of calligraphy in the Arab, Ottoman and Persian traditions and discusses the unique features of the Arabic alphabet.

Calligraphy gallery

Image of calligraphy

Calligraphy Qalam has an online image gallery of over 300 pieces of calligraphy, with more added all the time. Check out the gallery.