Qazvin hosts 3rd International Calligraphy Biennial

The 3rd edition of International Calligraphy Biennial has been held in two competition and non-competition categories, in the Iranian city of Qazvin.

Over 400 works selected from among 800 submitted calligraphy art pieces have been showcased at the exhibition.

The participating calligraphers have presented their works in various styles including Nast’aliq, Persian Cursive Nast’aliq, Tuluth and calligraphy painting.

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.

The 2014 calligraphy biennial in Qazvin kicked off on August 28 and will run until September 2.

By Press TV


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