Arabic calligraphy, which is also known as Islamic calligraphy, has a long history of development starting from the first written form of the Qura’an, the Muslims’ holy book, in the early 7th century. Arabic calligraphy has outgrown its initial purpose of writing and communication to become a form of independent art that has been widely used from writing the words of the holy God, to quotes and poetry.
Additionally, the calligraphers did not restrict this form of art to paper and leather either; they have extended its usage to become an essential motive of Islamic architecture in Mosques, palaces, and gardens. In order to understand the impact of Arabic calligraphy on modern artists and designers, and find out if it has a significant effect on contemporary designs, we have to go back and briefly learn about how Arabic calligraphy has developed over the last 14 centuries.
When we study the history of ancient and modern Arabic calligraphy we can easily observe that, contrary to popular belief, the development of Arabic calligraphy was not limited to the Middle East region only. In reality, several nations from all over the world have contributed to the evolution of this amazing script over the last 1400 years.