Zoomorphic Calligraphy


"This new mode was not a matter of script metamorphosing into living
forms which are also readable letters, but of using script to delineate
such forms. Seldom had the flexibility of the Arabic alphabet been so

This practice established itself only relatively late in
Islamic art, when the taboos outlawing religious iconography had lost
some of their power.

[Zoomorphic calligraphy] developed [..] in Ottoman Turkey, India and Qajar Iran [and] was known as early as 1458."

" Zoomorphic Calligraphy"

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5 Responses to Zoomorphic Calligraphy

  1. Dannie says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Click on the link, there are more breathtaking examples of this sadly unknown, refined artform.

  2. jenn says:

    what does it mean?

  3. tehseen says:

    ya wat duz it mean???

  4. mohamed alhusainy says:

    Hello everyone this calligraphy work of art in Arabic means “In the Name of God the Beneficent the Merciful”.

  5. nadia says:

    alsalamu 3alaykum everyone,
    i’ts a shame to see that someone had asked a question about the meaning of these art forms and yet it took 3 YEARS for someone to answer and say that they read “IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE BENEFICENT THE MERCIFUL” if i was a non muslim and was interested in their meaning i probably wodn’t wait three years for the answer! my guess is whoever asked is not going to come back for the answer after so long. So please for those in charge of these sites and blogs try to keep them up to date….by the way this is the first time i come across these pics and i love them, i myself am a calligraphy artist and do some of this work also…great to see other’s interests are so tasteful..”alsalamu 3alaykum wara7matu allah wabarakatu”. that means…”peace and god’s mercy and blessings be upon you all”.

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