Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Arabic Calligraphy

I've long been a fan of Arabic Calligraphy & it is my dear wish to own a piece of it in any form one day. Typography and its use in all aspects of living, be it decor or furnishing or wall surfaces is hugely fascinating to me. And Islam is of a similar opinion ;) which is probably they have calligraphy everywhere. On a more serious note, "Writing is given pride of place on all kinds of objects--objects of everyday use as well as entire wall surface, mosque furniture, the interiors and exteriors of mosques, tombs, and al-Ka'ba, the most famous sanctuary of Islam."

This is poetry, I have no clue what it says, but look at the sweeping and lyrical strokes.






Calligraphy is an integral part of Moghul & Islamic architecture

Please click on the visual to see more of the detailing
There are 5 classical cursive scripts- Deewani, Kufi, Farsi, Req'aa, Naskh & Thuluth.Poetry on stone.
And talking about poetry, its rare to find people who write Urdu poetry in urban gen next India. My friend Gunjan Pai is one such rarity :) Those interested can read her soulful verse on her blog 'Shukraana'

17 comments:

~ ॐ ~ said...

Urdu I feel is one of the most artistic and beautiful languages !!!

and Calligraphy with something which is already such a treat to look is amazing !!!

thanks for this post :)

studio wellspring said...

when hand writing is elevated to masters of art. so beautiful!

~mE said...

lovely post vin..this is a true art..i knew someone while i was in lucknow whose generations were famous in this art..now almost dead

EMBELLISHER said...

The fourth one is my favourite.Arabic calligraphy like Chinese calligraphy are exceptional and i'd like to be the proud owner of a piece but haven't seen any work to date.

bhumika said...

Agree with om. Urdu is one of the most beautiful and soothing scripts. When put in such artistic forms, it's absolutely breathtaking!

bindu said...

The script is mesmerizing.

megha punater said...

lovely post,i love the calligraphy.
:)

shuma.rani said...

A beautiful and informative post. Hoping to visit Lucknow one day and learn about the Urdu/Islamic renaissance :))

Gillian said...

AMazing!
I love this.
xo

Gunjan Pai said...

anyway i love the language, now ur post with this breathtaking script (what calligraphy!!) just increases my fascination - thanx vin, for sourcing out such fab stuff, adding ur beauty and presenting them to us the way u do...:)

Nay-K said...

wow, how beautiful!!!!!

art lover said...

hmmm great pics of calligraphy specially the word AllAh is written beautifully
amazing pictures u have selected

christinah said...

so, is just discovered your blog and i am in love.
i hope you don't mind me having shared a couple of your pictures on my livejournal: http://hagebutten.livejournal.com/

i credited you!

Hari said...

My wife just discovered your blog, very good.

This is powerful and sweeping. Could you please tell us where the images are from and who's the calligrapher, especially for the images 3&4 from top (your files are called allah-49.jpg & week23.jpg).

Appreciate if you can email us.

yahya lkhatib lhadhari said...

I love arabic calligraphy too..

varghese said...

Arabic calligraphy is just brilliant..i cudnt agree more..

Anonymous said...

arabic not urdu .
nice collection :)