Spotlight on: Arabic Calligraphy

In our previous blog post, we spoke about why we chose Islamic art to be the central theme of our business. Art has been used since the dawn of time as a means to tell a story and the author of that story is the artist, whose art form and artistic expression writes a book in the mind (and hopefully the heart) of the viewer.

The term ‘Islamic art’ however, only really became categorised as such in the 19th century - but the term specifically refers to art that was traditionally produced by all lands to which Islam had spread - in whatever form that art may have been.

Looking specifically at the art of Arabic calligraphy, it was traditionally used as a means of straightforward communication. But its use soon evolved and began to be incorporated into other art-forms such as architecture, carpet making and the embellishment of many other goods. As with all types of art, the form of calligraphy developed and transformed without losing its core essence but to reflect the new territories and lands to which the Islamic empire had grown.

The various forms of calligraphy that you may have heard of, such as Kufic, Thuluth, Piramouz or Sini (Chinese), were indicative of either the particular lands where they were developed and used, or particular to a specific period in Islamic history. For Muslims, Arabic is considered to be an undetachable expression of faith. The Holy Quran, the Holy book of Islam, was revealed in the Arabic language and Muslims believe that there is a sacred divinity contained within every letter of that Quranic language. Arabic calligraphy is therefore of paramount centrality in many early and modern expressions of Islamic art.

At IslamicArtPrints.com we are proud to bring you Arabic calligraphy from some of the most talented and celebrated calligraphers in the world, who are each masters of Arabic calligraphy in their own right, and who all come with their own mission to draw the viewer closer to a more meaningful purpose.

And whether you are Muslim or not, there is an unquestionable artistic beauty in the very lettering of Arabic calligraphy that makes it perfect for most areas of your home.

 

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