Styles of calligraphy
A wealth of
information about Arabic calligraphy can be found at
a website produced by the Islamic and Arabic Arts and Architecture Organisation. This
includes a general overview
of calligraphy in an Islamic religious context and discusses the work of
It describes the
instruments used for
calligraphy and how the proportions
of the letters are determined.
It explains the
six major scripts
used in traditional calligraphy, and the differences between them. There are also some
high-quality work in various styles.
Another Sakkal Design
is a website produced by Mamoun Sakkal, a Syrian-born designer and
teacher. The site provides a historical
view of the development of Arabic writing and calligraphy, from the
earliest alphabets to
the evolution of kufic
For those who want to try their hand, there are a
for designing in the Kufic style.
also offers a commercial service for rendering
and phrases into Arabic calligraphy as well as calligraphic versions
logos, and sells a range of Arabic type
Examples of calligraphic art
The art of Arabic calligraphy: a video showing artist Taha al Hiti at work.
Examples of calligraphy from a variety of artists, showing the wide range of scripts and styles. Islamic Calligraphy
Examples in various styles - Kufi, Maghribi, etc.
Islamic Calligraphy II
Twelve images, though without description.
Examples from around the Islamic world, arranged by country
Iraqi-born Hassan Massoudy has been described as the greatest living calligrapher
Exhibition by Hassan Massoudy
October Gallery, London, 2006
Modern designs by Julien Breton, who does calligraphy using
Calligraphy in Islamic art
History, materials and techniques. Victoria and Albert Museum, London
History of Arabic calligraphy
Tools, techniques and paper, plus a look at some great Islamic calligraphers, by Mohamed Zakariya
Origins of Arabic
reform of Arabic writing; early
calligraphic development; later
Islamic image (1):
calligraphy as graphics - by Mamoun Sakkal
An Islamic image (2):
English in Arabic garb - by Mamoun Sakkal
Henna and tattoos
Decoration of the skin with henna, plus a note of caution on "Arabic"