Arabic Calligraphy is a form of art derived from the Aramaic Nabatean Alphabet that beautifies text and creativity. Calligraphy is also a form of expression of style, culture and identity that has been carried throughout the ages. Islamic calligraphy, as some call it Arabic Calligraphy, comprises of mostly passages taken from The Quraan and Hadith and is considered by Muslims as the highest form of art. Although The Quraan is still the main source of inspiration for Islamic Calligraphy, Turkish and Persian calligraphy is highly inspired by poems and famous writings.
I personally learnt English calligraphy many years ago but would love to learn the finer art of Arabic Calligraphy. Maybe someday I will actually take out my pens, blow the dust off and be inspired again.
Lately, with the aid of computers, many calligraphists have taken a more modern approach and incorporated programs like Photoshop into their art. Although digital, artists have still managed to create breath taking calligraphic artwork.
Take a look at our gallery and watch this lady write Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem.