1. A different kind of Qalamdan (pen-case) from the Ming Dynasty

    The previous collection of Qalamdans are distinctly Middle Eastern while these pen-cases/pen-boxes and pen-rests were made by Chinese potters in the Ming Dynasty. During the Ming Dynasty, there was a strong Islamic influence in ceramic design, most notably the Zhengde porcelains which were usually decorated with Arabic inscriptions. The blue colour decorating these beautiful ceramics, dubbed as “hui-qing" or "Muslim blue", was derived from Iranian copper. The patrons of these pen-rest or pen-case were likely to be Muslims in high positions in the Ming court and Muslim merchants in China.

    (Source: saudiaramcoworld.com)

     

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  2. Qalamdan (pen-case or pen-box) from Abbasid and Ottoman empires

    The bottom picture is the tools of an Ottoman katib (read the caption to know which tool is which). The pen-case has an ink well which holds silk fibers soaked with ink and dried to which drops of water can be added when needed. If you look closely at the pen-rest, there is a raised and grooved part for the reed pen to rest. The groove was designed in a way that the tip of the reed pen could be trimmed at an angle consistently each time. The handles of the scissors were shaped to bear one of the names of Allah “Ya Fattah!” (O He Who opens!).

    (Source: columbia.edu)

     

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  3. Glass coins from early Islamic caliphate (Abbasid, Fatimid and Umayyad)

    The inscription on the Umayyad coin (green with the long text): “In the Name of Allah. God ordered honesty, and ordered the manufacture of one quarter [qist], al-Qasim bin ‘Ubayd Allah. At the hands of Zaffar bin Shaba. Year two and twenty and one hundred.” 

    (Source: bonhams.com)

     

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  4. Filigree pattern on Quran covers from the Mamluk period (1250-1517).

    (Source: islamic-arts.org)

     

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  5. Three different calligraphy styles of “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim” (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) from Canzhou West Mosque in China.

    (Source: chinaheritagequarterly.org)

     

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  6. This art piece by the talented EveritteBarbee is a calligraphy of Surah al-Buruj written in the shape of Palestine. 
"The text for this piece is Surah 85: Al-Buruj written exactly once, starting in the darkest area read from top to bottom, and then continuing continuing in the lighter text, and finally finishing in the lightest areas, representing the post 1967 settled land.The map of Palestine is depicted showing the different borders as they have changed over time. The darkest area represents land which was given to Israel by the United Nations in 1948, the slightly less dark areas represent land captured by Israel in the war immediately following its creation. The lightest grey areas represent land which Israel has illegally settled since the war of 1967 when it invaded neighbouring countries, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. The white areas represent land which the remaining Palestinian Arab population is allowed work and live in.”
You can view more of his beautiful calligraphy works at his Etsy shop.

    This art piece by the talented EveritteBarbee is a calligraphy of Surah al-Buruj written in the shape of Palestine. 

    "The text for this piece is Surah 85: Al-Buruj written exactly once, starting in the darkest area read from top to bottom, and then continuing continuing in the lighter text, and finally finishing in the lightest areas, representing the post 1967 settled land.

    The map of Palestine is depicted showing the different borders as they have changed over time. The darkest area represents land which was given to Israel by the United Nations in 1948, the slightly less dark areas represent land captured by Israel in the war immediately following its creation. The lightest grey areas represent land which Israel has illegally settled since the war of 1967 when it invaded neighbouring countries, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. The white areas represent land which the remaining Palestinian Arab population is allowed work and live in.”

    You can view more of his beautiful calligraphy works at his Etsy shop.

     

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  7. 1894 book print on Islamic architecture. From top left: Mosque of ibn Tulun in Cairo, Alhambra Mosque in Granada, Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo. From bottom left: Alcazar of Seville, Cordova Mosque, an arch in Alhambra.

    1894 book print on Islamic architecture. From top left: Mosque of ibn Tulun in Cairo, Alhambra Mosque in Granada, Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo. From bottom left: Alcazar of Seville, Cordova Mosque, an arch in Alhambra.

     

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  8. Ramadhan mubarak! Here’s an original print from Faris Alsaffar, an Iraqi-born artist currently residing in California. His works consist mainly of Arabic folk art. This print can be purchased here and you can visit his Alsaffar store here.

    Ramadhan mubarak! Here’s an original print from Faris Alsaffar, an Iraqi-born artist currently residing in California. His works consist mainly of Arabic folk art. This print can be purchased here and you can visit his Alsaffar store here.

     

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  9. Cute hijabi dolls! Each stands approximately 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches across. Made from Eco-felt (very greeen). You can purchase these islamikawaii dolls (yes, that’s the brand name) from here: coocoocafe shop.

    Cute hijabi dolls! Each stands approximately 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches across. Made from Eco-felt (very greeen). You can purchase these islamikawaii dolls (yes, that’s the brand name) from here: coocoocafe shop.

     

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  10. Vintage map of beloved Palestine circa 1889. This antique map shows the states of Palestine before being rummaged by israel. In case you want this map for inspiration, you can buy it here.

    Vintage map of beloved Palestine circa 1889. This antique map shows the states of Palestine before being rummaged by israel. In case you want this map for inspiration, you can buy it here.

     

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