Friday, May 20, 2011

Tareq Rajab's Calligraphy Collection

We went for a tour of the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy in Jabriya a couple of weeks ago, organized by Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya. I was overly impressed with the vast collection that was on display. The museum had two floors of beautiful work, most dating back hundreds of years. 

Most of the calligraphers were of Iranian or Egyptian origins. Each with a different style or technique, but the extraordinary precision in every piece was the common between them all.

What I found to be interesting and different was the works of Asian calligraphers. I liked how they integrated the circular scriptive Arabic type with the structured, linear Asian type.

I'm glad we had the opportunity to visit the museum with a tour guide. It was more beneficial as we got better insight on the pieces since not all of them had written explanations. Each piece had such a rich history and hearing the tales behind them made them even more beautiful!
The museum is open to public, free of charge, every day from:
9am - 12pm & 4pm - 7pm
Fridays 9am - 12pm

To view a map of their location, click here.

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