Sep 20, 2021, 11:51 AM
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Calligraphy symbol of Iranian artistic identity

Tehran, Sep 20, IRNA - Calligraphy seems to be the identity of Iranian art, and the world has got familiar with Persian scripts via this kind of calligraphic works, ahead of Iranian National UNESCO believes.

Secretary general of the Iranian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Hojjatollah Ayyoubi made the remarks during a video conference with some prominent Iranian calligraphers on Instagram platform.

Ayyoubi stated that an art work shows the mood of an artist, adding that culture creates unity, which has its roots in artists' sentiments.

Calligraphy symbol of Iranian artistic identity

Describing calligraphic works by Abbas Rahimi as eye-catching, he added that Rahimi pursues calligraphy as a real artist.

Calligrphy is the identity of Iranians, but it could not be introduced throughout the world if it was not updated, he noted.

He went on to say that the Iranian calligraphy enjoys a sublime position in the world and that the Persian art of calligraphy is original, which is interwoven with books. 

"Calligraphy is a sign, which tells us that reading and writing is very important in the civilization," Ayyoubi  said, adding that the Western world did not have miniature, because they did not have poems of such great poets such as Sa'di and Hafiz.

Calligraphy symbol of Iranian artistic identity

Abbas Rahimi, who is the founder of negarinehkhat (calligraphic painting) style uniting Iranian calligraphy and miniature, addressed the live Instagram program, saying that negarinehkhat was a kind of childish naughtiness in the first place, because I had some friends, who wanted to have a different shape of their names written in an artistic way; then I designed the names in a new way, but when I became familiar with original Iranian calligraphy, I found out it was "a diamond".

Mohammad-Bagher Aghamiri, a prominent Persian miniaturist, said that the word miniature was first used in Iran 90 years ago, when some foreign tourists became acquainted with Iranian paintings and books.

The Negarinehkhat Exhibition opened on virtual gallery of the National Commission for UNESCO on Sunday night, when the live Instragram program was held.


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