Arabic Calligraphy
Civilisation of the Word
‘Some artisans used calligraphy purely decoratively, thereby creating illegible inscriptions.’
The custom of inscribing the name and titles of the patron and bestowing on him blessings is a personal statement by the patron to commemorate his patronage, especially when the items concerned are being presented to public institutions such as mosques and madrasas. Objects were sometimes transported for long distances to reach their intended destinations and had, therefore, the potential to inspire local practitioners. Some artisans, on the other hand, used calligraphy for purely decorative reasons, creating illegible inscriptions that were not meant to be read at all.
Textile with prayer niche (mihrab)

Hegira 12th–13th century / AD 18th–19th century
Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art "Giuseppe Tucci"
Rome, Italy
The naskhi script distributed in mirror form round the borders and centre of this wall-hanging is illegible and is employed here for purely decorative reasons.