The Spirit of Islam
Unity Diversity Knowledge Historical Summary
Unity Introduction Calligraphy Styles Kufic Style Thuluth Style Naskhi Style Nasta'liq Style
The Sitara
The Hizam
Mosque Lamp
Ceramic Lustre Tile
Thuluth Style
The cursive thuluth script was first formulated in the 7th century but it did not fully develop until the late 9th century. Thuluth translates as "one third," and is characterised by the principle that a third of each letter should slope.

It is further distinguished by curved letters written with barbed heads. The letters are linked and sometimes intersecting, giving the impression of a cursive flow of ample and often complex proportions.

Thuluth is a dynamic and monumental script with well-formed letters that emphasize vertical and horizontal movements. These are remarkably pliable and used to create elaborate graphics.

Thuluth assumed some of the functions of the early kufic script: it was used to write sura headings, religious inscriptions, and princely titles and epigraphs. It was also used for many of the large copies of the Qur'an produced from the 13th century. It remains the most important of all the ornamental scripts.

On this web site thuluth script can be found on two of the textiles from the Ka'bah which are the sitara and the hizam. It can also be seen on a mosque lamp and ceramic lustre tile.

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