The New York Times did a nice write-up of the newest exhibit at the Sakıp Sabancı museum in Istanbul, “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book & Calligraphy.”

The exhibition, designed by the Czech architect Boris Micka, traces the transition of Islamic writings from animal-skin parchment to paper, and from blocky, time-consuming print to a quicker cursive script and colorful illustrated texts. Examples appear on materials including wood, metal, ceramics and textiles from North Africa to Iran and the Far East.

The exhibit will be up at the Sakıp Sabancı through February 27, 2011, and you can find more details about the items on display on the museum’s website.