Exotic Beauty / Kufic

  • ​​​​​​​KUFIC SCRIPT
    Kufic Script is the Major Oldest Calligraphic form of the various Arabic Scripts within Ancient Arabian Civilization, and consists of a modified form of the "Old Nebtian Scripts" which derived from "Hijazi Script", whose origin may in order be traced to "Hirian", "Nebtian" or "Anbarian". Kufic developed around the end of the 7th century in Kufa, Iraq, from which it takes its name. Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy Qur'ans. Professional copyists employed a particular form of kufic for reproducing the earliest surviving copies of the Qur'an, which were written on parchment and date from the 8th to 10th centuries.

    Square Kufic is a very simplified rectangular style of Kufic widely used for tiling.
    In Iran sometimes entire buildings are covered with tiles spelling sacred names like those of God,
    Muhammad and Ali in square Kufic.

    In the international design schools the Square Kufic Script can match many of desgin paths and styles such as Minimalism, Abstraction, 
    Avant-Garde, also Bauhaus, which it could be applied with mass and varied usage.
    According to dictionary, exotic is defined as "strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance." 
    Otherwise, exotic means "unusual aspects or uncommon ordinary features, however it's still beautiful."
    From the philosophy of beauty, there are three types of beauty among human and almost in everything, "Standard Beauty", "Traditional Beauty" and "Exotic Beauty", that last one which inspired the great "Leonardo Di-Vinci" a lot and he talk in deep details in his famous book "A Treatise on Painting".

    I tried to limit the six famous features that considered as exotic beauty, which they are:
    (Freckles, Redhead, Vitiligo, Platinum Blonde, Brown Skin, Wrinkles), then I used Geometric Kufic and mix it with Handwriting type to represent the contrast between them to reflect the visual impact of exotic effect.

    Photos Credits
    Benoit Paillé, Irvin Rivera.

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