Art, Beauty, Music and God –
The Story of Nasta’liq (w/t)


While Islamic calligraphy is synonymous with the Quran and other religious texts, the nasta’liq form solidly encapsulates culture. This highly distinctive calligraphic style, which was developed during the 14th and 15th centuries, is the most revered in Iran and largely regarded as the visual embodiment of the Persian language. With its sinuous lines and carefully considered flourishes, nasta’liq finds itself at home in the gold embossed poetry books of bygone Persian royalty, or in the collections of contemporary art museums. It is little wonder that this centuries-old script transcends mere syllabary to an elevated and iconic art form known the world over, and that remains in use to this day.

Sayyid Amir 'Ali, mid-17th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art