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FARSI CALLIGRAPHY

Farsi Script, also called Ta'liq or hanging script, is believed to have been developed by the Persians from an early and little known Arabic script called Firamuz. Farsi is an unpretentious, cursive script which was apparently in use until the early 9th century AD.

The calligrapher Abd al-Hayy, from the town of Astarabad, seems to have played a great role in its early development. He was encouraged by his patron Shah Isma'il to lay down the basic rules for the writing of Farsi. The script is currently in great favor with Arabs, and it is the native calligraphic style among the Persian, Indian, and Turkish Muslims.Persian calligraphers developed from Farsi a lighter and much more elegant variety which came to be known as Nasta'liq. However, these calligraphers continued to use Farsi as a monumental script for important occasions.

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