V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Elegant calligraphy

After the Ilkhanid rulers of Iran finally converted to Islam in 1295, they began to commission copies of the Qur’an of an unprecedented size and magnificence. The script employed followed the rules of Arabic calligraphy developed by the great reformer Yaqut, who died in Baghdad in 1298. Manuscripts of this type continued to be produced over the course of the 1300s. In this example, the main text was written in a large, elegant style designed to convey the meaning without the slightest ambiguity.

Pages from the Qur’an
Iran, probably Shiraz
Museum No. 361-1885