Algerian festival honors Iranian calligraphers

Two Iranian calligraphy artists have garnered awards at the sixth edition of International Arab Calligraphy Festival in Algeria.

Iranian calligrapher Einoddin Sadeqzadeh won the first award of the contemporary calligraphy section, while the Algerian artists Laid Tayeb and Khaled Sebagh received the second and the third prizes.

The second prize of the classical calligraphy section went to the Iranian artist Hossein Gholami and the Algerian calligrapher Abdelkrim Bouraada named the first winner of the category.

Over 200 works created by artists from 22 countries were showcased at this year’s International Arab Calligraphy Festival that took place at the National Museum of Miniature, Illumination and Calligraphy of Algiers last week.

Considered one of the highest Islamic art forms, calligraphy became an indispensable part of Persian society in the beginning of the Islamic era so that it was not only practiced by professional artists but also by royalty and nobility.

In the 11th century six basic calligraphy styles became popular, which were referred to as, Naskh, Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Rihani, Tauqi, and Riqa.

Nastaliq and Cursive Nastaliq are known as the most attractive Persian calligraphy styles, broadly used in copying Arabic words, romantic and epic Persian poetry and literary manuscripts.

By Press TV


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