Because of its role in recording the word of God, calligraphy is considered one of the most important of the Islamic arts.

The calligrapher’s art was said to delight the eye and feed the soul, and their work was much collected and appreciated.

The value of calligraphy was such that that it could be readily converted into currency, and in the past calligraphic panels traded for their weight in gold.

A carved calligraphic panel.
The translation reads: "The best people bring most benefit to people".


Is not all Islamic art a form of calligraphy? It is this play between craftwork, natural elements and the senses that make Arab culture far more Plato than Aristotle.