Every aspect of traditional Islamic calligraphy is detailed and demanding. From selecting the right type of reed pen and preparing the paper, to the microscopic details in the letterforms.
Having the right tools and knowing how to prepare them, is essential. A calligrapher’s basic kit usually consists of: pens, ink, paper, penknife, makta (instrument on which to place and cut the pen) and a hand rest (piece of cloth on which to rest the hand to stop the transfer of grease to the paper as you write). A writing desk, paper burnisher and light table also form part of the calligrapher's apparatus.