Thursday, October 8, 2015

The religious roots of calligraphy

TIMES OF OMAN

Calligraphy is a visual art that has been practised since ancient times. The name itself, derived from two Greek words Kalli, which means beautiful, and Graphia, which means writing, calligraphy uses the characters of the written word to create intricate designs, lettering executed with a broad tip instrument, dip pen, or brush. Calligraphy is rooted in religion, mainly used as decorative writing for holy books, though it has evolved into a more commercial form of decorative art, used for events, company logos, jewellery design, home decor, and as the subject of many pieces of contemporary Islamic art. [link]