Introducing the art of Arabic, Ottoman, & Persian calligraphy


(Pronounced “tah-leek”)


  • “Ta‘liq” means “suspension,” or “hanging together”


  • Used for official correspondence in the royal court
  • Used for writing books and letters
  • Used for transcribing literary works
  • Sometimes used for poems and calligraphy specimens


  • Developed in the 3rd or 4th century A.D.
  • Used until almost the end of the 13th century
  • Kufic is mostly obsolete today because it is difficult to write any text of length. It is occasionally still used for titles of manuscripts or in architectural inscriptions

Distinctive characteristics

  • Formed in 11th century, standardized by 13th century
  • Still in use today


  • Letters that don’t connect on the left are often connected in this script (unauthorized ligatures)
  • Descending strokes appear as loops
  • Letters are rounded with extreme contrasts in letter spacing
  • Wide spaces appear between lines
  • Lines ascend upward as they move from right to left

Image gallery

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