The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

Islamic Art

What is Kufic?

Named after the town of Kufah in Iraq, Kufic is an early form of Arabic script that evolved from a style of inscription used for coins and stone monuments. The Kufic script features large letters as early Qur’ans were often shared by multiple readers, and are characterized by long horizontal lines and thick rounded curves. Kufic was the style of calligraphy used most often until the twelfth century.

Kufic is an early form of Arabic calligraphy noted for its long, horizontal lines. Calligraphy is one of the highest forms of art in the Islamic tradition.


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