The calame, the arabic calligraphy tool

Welcome to my blog !

I am happy to start it ! It’s something I’m used to doing because I wrote a blog from 2006 to 2014 🙂

On my new blog, i would like to speak about Arabic calligraphy of course, but also about interior design, fashion, nature…everything that interests me.

Today, i want to speak about the calame, the ancestral tool of Arabic calligraphyA simple cut reed, used for thousand of years.

The calame was already used by the scribes during the Pharaonic times. In antique Egypt, the scribe was a cultivated and respected person.

Nowadays, even if there are modern tools, the calame is still widely used by Arabic calligraphers. I have always used the calame, even if I also use others tools. I think the calame gives a precise and authentic trace. Furthermore, I love to listen to the swish of the calame on paper.

Here is a photo of my calames. It was taken during my stay in Dubai, in 2012. ( Photo by Bernard Menettrier de Jollin)

arabic calligraphy tool

Here is a nice stamp edited by the French post office, in 2016, illustrated by calames !

Thank you for reading! New post coming soon! 

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