Here at Farsi Gallery, we are committed to making accessible a number of classic Persian poetry pieces that display the influence of Persian calligraphy
tradition. Persian calligraphy has origins dating back over a thousand years, and has taken much influence from the Islamic cultural shift that occurred so many years ago. Just like with any other art forms, such as painting, music, and photography, there have been movements in terms of style that influence the predominance of artistic output during history. Take for example impressionist, cubist, avant-garde, and renaissance art, all of which make use of different techniques in order to portray the artist’s idea which usually played off the popularity of a certain style at that time. With Persian calligraphy
, there have been multiple styles that have been popular during its evolvement, including Reyhan, Sols, Tahqiq, Toqih, Reqah, Naskh, Nastaliq, and Shekasteh Nastaliq. To the casual reader, these names are meaningless, but to a calligrapher, the differences in technique and presentation unique to each Persian calligraphy style are drastic in comparison to each other.
There are a number of guidelines and rules that a calligrapher must take into consideration when making creating Persian calligraphy art
. Techniques with regards to proportion of script size in relation to use of space are extremely important, as is curvature of lines, distribution of the ink in contrast to the paper or canvas being used, and a focus on the overall harmony of the characters, words, and the space they occupy. While a piece of Persian calligraphy
is being created, the artist must heed these guidelines, all the while staying true to his/her unique artistic interpretation of these rules. For clarification purposes, think of a classical composer guiding an orchestra. The notes are all there, but it’s up to the composer and the musicians to play the sheet music that lays before them in a way that is uniquely magnificent. The amount of training, practice, skill and dedication necessary to make a good piece of Persian calligraphy has made Persian calligraphy
a revered art form in Iran, as well as with art aficionados and collectors all over the world. Here on the Farsi Gallery site, you will find a broad selection of art and merchandise that shares the rich historical tradition of Persian calligraphy
mixed with classic Persian poetry.