Two New Books on Arabic’s Decorative Beauties

Detail of a photograph from the book *Arabic Graffiti*

Detail of a photograph from the book Arabic Graffiti

The decorative potential of Arabic script is famous - the exteriors of the entrances of the Taj Mahal, for example, are decorated with Koranic inscriptions that run in both directions at once. But modern artists are making the most of the beauties of the script too. Arabic Graffiti is a new book that highlights the best work of contemporary street artists working in Arabic. Check out this collection of photographs from the book, from which our photograph was lifted. Another recently published book, Cultural Connectives, examines the links and differences between the Latin and Arabic scripts using strikingly dramatic visual devices. Here’s a closer look at a book that will fascinate amateurs of everything typographic.

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