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colour your walls with calligraphy

A home or an office without art is like an empty rice bowl. Good art comes from the minds of talented artists; it speaks to our souls and adds colour to our lives.

Unlike the East where calligraphy stands out as an established art form, the West seems to have long neglected this field. Times, however, are changing.

This week we are focusing on how to display calligraphy on the walls of a simple living room. The featured living room is an apartment space at Dhanmondi.

Living rooms are always entertainment areas. This very symmetrically designed room has two sofas, shelves, two center tables and a paired, ornamental display. The sofas facing one another can altogether accommodate ten to twelve people.

They can also be used for more intimate discussions. The spotlights in the false ceiling create rhythmic half circle lighting on the wall. We also used an indirect lighting through the false ceiling.

The owner has some nice pieces of art and is real fond of Islamic calligraphy. We display these calligraphies under the spotlight. The careful combination of colour in these eloquent calligraphy have been done by the artist Amin.

In central Asia, decorative writing or calligraphy is one of the highest forms of art. Arabic, Persian and Ottoman calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art on the walls and ceilings of mosques. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw upon this heritage to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstracts in their work.

Islamic calligraphy is the art of writing, and by extension, bookmaking. This is partly because strict Muslims disapprove of art that represents humans or living things in general.

Calligraphy has arguably become the most venerated form of Islamic art because it provides a link between the languages of the Muslims with the religion of Islam.

A variety of media are employed for presenting calligraphy. Before the advent of paper, papyrus and parchment were used for writing. The advent of paper revolutionized calligraphy. While monasteries in Europe treasured a few dozen volumes, libraries in the Muslim world housed hundreds and thousands of volumes. So, if you have some good art pieces or calligraphy, display them on your wall as they have a silent voice of their own. Always remember that good art speaks for itself.

Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan
Special thanks: Mohammed Moin Uddin



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