Detail of the illuminated opening page of the Persian manuscript, Gulistan, by the thirteenth-century poet, Sadi, one of Persia’s great literary masters. Gulistan means ‘rose-garden’, and the manuscript is made up of stories each representing a flower of the poetic garden. This manuscript was copied in 1649.
There are three main styles of this calligraphy: Kufic, Naskh and Regional, each of these styles divided into many different sub-styles. A very famous calligrapher is named Mohamed Zakariya, his most notable work can be found on the U.S Eid postage stamp.