This site shows selected facsimile drawings of quranic pages and
calligraphic panels. All the drawings in this site are the work of the
Syrian poet Sabah Eddin Kraedi during a period of over fifteen years.
The original manuscripts of the facsimile drawings are kept in
various Islamic museums. They represent outstanding examples of the
splendid art of Islamic calligraphy and illumination, which is itself
one of the most compelling manifestations of Islamic civilisation.
The drawings shown in this site will provide the visitor with a
glimpse of the development of the noblest of Islamic arts, the art of
calligraphy and the art of embellishing and decorating the Holy Quran in
the eras of the Mamluks, Timurids, Safavids and Ottomans.
In addition to quranic leaves, our site also shows examples of famous
and brilliant calligraphic panels and hilyas (panels with a description
of the physical appearance of the Prophet, May peace be upon him!).
All the drawings in this site are exact reproductions of the original
manuscripts (with very minor changes). They are painted in colors and
gold -entirely by hand- on very high quality drawing paper.