CALLIGRAPHY: THE FORMLESS ART

Throughout history, Islamic art trends have preferred formless aesthetics over figurative depictions. A main reason for formless art in Islam is the idea of avoiding the creation of false idols which would be worshipped over the one, formless Allah. Another part of this artistic ideology comes from the fact that the Qur'an is written in old Arabic script, an intricate and ornate artistic form of writing. Large expanses of calligraphy are integral parts of major Islamic architectural projects while small calligraphic paintings can be found in many Muslim households. Explore the calligraphic theme so crucial to Islamic art in this collection.

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