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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kufic


The lines inside the stars in this mosaic are not just a geometric design -- they're calligraphy. In addition to the very elaborate, beautiful calligraphy used for the Quran quotes (like that around the dome and along the portal in the photos below) Persian architecture frequently uses kufic calligraphy in mosaics. It usually says Allah or Mohammed or Ali, in a stylized square that just looks abstract unless you know what it is.

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