Commissions are welcomed. Please email your specifications and provide as much information as possible, such as the text you would like calligraphed, the style of script you prefer and the dimensions you would like. If you are not sure, please call to discuss your requirements. Traditional mounted pen and ink pieces take a minimum of four weeks and usually start from £800 plus VAT. Silkscreen prints are also available and are a more affordable option.
Istanbul, Turkey, continues to be the main centre for learning the traditional art of Islamic calligraphy. The Ottomans were the last major Islamic empire and were great patrons of Islamic art in general. Their legacy continues today through the master–apprenticeship system. All over the city there are classes taking place, some at universities and others at wakfs (a religious endowment and charitable trust) or renovated medreses (educational institution).
How many years does it take to become a calligrapher?
On average, it takes five years of intensive training and that is with constant studying. For most people, it takes longer as they live abroad or have a job and a family to support. At the end of the training, the calligraphy master awards the student the ijazah or icazetname, a licence enabling the student to sign her/his own works and to take on students of her/his own. However, the licence really marks the beginning of a calligrapher's career and it takes many more years if not a lifetime to master the art.
How do I prepare my paper for calligraphy?
There are various recipes for making ahar or size for your paper. While it is possible to follow a recipe, the best way to learn is to see a calligrapher prepare the size as it is important to see colour and change in consistency during the process. Some tutorials can be found on YouTube.