Persian Calligraphy

Persian Art Styles

The beautiful natural artistry of Persian calligraphyhas deep-seated roots in Persian history and culture. While the writing forms have undergone many changes and transformations over the centuries, the artistic beauty of expressing oneself in calligraphic writing has remained unchanged. 

Historical Persian Calligraphy

Ancient Persian script is called, “Script of Nails”, because the first ancient calligraphic symbols were crafted with strokes resembling carpenter nails. Over time, Persian calligraphy transformed from thisblocky writing style into the flowing script we are familiar with today. 

There are different types of Persian calligraphy scripts. One of the most popular is the Bride of Calligraphy Scripts, “Nas’taliq”. This elegant script style has remained relatively unchanged for over seven centuries. It’s flowing style of calligraphy follows strict guidelines governing the formation of each symbol with many of the symbols following the natural pictorial curve of images representing each word. For example, the symbol for “fish” appears curving as the body of a swimming fish might look. 

Other Persian calligraphy styles, such as the popular cursive Nas’taliq, adhere to varied rules for forming symbols and may appear much more artistic and flowing in nature. Other popular Persian calligraphy styles may include:

•    Mohaqqaq
•    Naskh
•    Reyhan 
•    Reqaa
•    Sols 
•    Taliq
•    Thuluth   
•    Towqee

Calligraphic Nature of Art By Pouya

As a member of the Tehran Association of Calligraphers, Pouya studied various calligraphic styles. This thorough and eclectic educational base is evident in Pouya’s artwork, as he often combines various styles to create a targeted impression or effect in his contemporary Persian calligraphic artwork. In this way, Pouya further combines the art of traditional calligraphy with a contemporary and modern twist by adapting the script to meet his unique artistic vision. His highly personalized designs are reflections of his Persian calligraphy handwritings that inspire him and are a testament to his belief that "art has the ability to transform lives."