Photo Friday: Fancy Writing

I've long been interested in the tradition of Arabic calligraphic art. We don't see much of it here in the west, so we enjoyed popping into galleries in Istanbul and seeing so many examples. As a new writer who is a little bit obsessed with perfecting his own penmanship, E was particularly engrossed in these pictures made out of words.

Arabic Calligraphic Art
Arabic Calligraphic Art
Arabic Calligraphic Art
Arabic Calligraphic Art
Arabic Calligraphic Art
Arabic Calligraphic Art
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  1. kerry dexter on June 11, 2010 at 3:32 a.m.

    I can see how E would be interested in these. you can almost feel the gestures in the written lines.

  2. Mara Gorman on June 11, 2010 at 5:54 a.m.

    I love looking at intricate images like these with my kids - it's fun to ask them to find things or what they see.

  3. Sarah V. on June 11, 2010 at 6:42 a.m.

    Wow. Those are beautiful! The detail in the last image is really outstanding.

  4. Margo on June 11, 2010 at 7:59 a.m.

    those are incredibly beautiful. My own handwriting is horrendous and I have no clue how anyone makes anything so perfect. I can't stop staring at them myself - especially the boat. Do you know if the last one has something to do with music?

  5. wandermom on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 a.m.

    Wow! Those are really great. I don't think I'd ever seen anything like that before. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Bridget Smith on June 11, 2010 at 1:51 p.m.

    Stunning pictures. It would be fun to learn handwriting if the end product looked like that!

  7. Theodora on June 11, 2010 at 6:33 p.m.

    I love the creativity with which they worked with the prohibition against depicting the human form. Great shots...

  8. Dominique on June 12, 2010 at 7:16 a.m.

    I've not seen anything like this before, either. Really beautiful!