Cal­lig­ra­phy is to writ­ing what mar­quetry is to car­pen­try

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So be­gins Mon­te­grappa’s foray into the Mid­dle East where it will show­case how there is more to the act of writ­ing than sim­ply sketch­ing the word.

To cou­ple to­gether the spir­i­tual and vis­ual el­e­ments of Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy, and to trans­late them into a pen de­sign, Mon­te­grappa turned to the Le­banese artist and de­signer, Katya As­souad Traboulsi. Her cre­ativ­ity mar­ries the cal­lig­ra­phy and the Arabesque pat­tern, which are in­tri­cately bound to­gether by his­tory and cul­ture.

Based in Dubai, Traboulsi’s work has been ex­hib­ited in and is part of pri­vate col­lec­tions in France, Al­ge­ria, Switzer­land, Le­banon, the US and the UK.

Her de­sign for the Cal­lig­ra­phy pen fea­tures an el­e­gant arabesque medal­lion in sil­ver as a cap top and an ex­quis­ite in­ter­play of enamel arabesque pat­terns in mother-of-pearl white, red and green. The pen bar­rel is char­ac­terised by its Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy phrase, vir­tu­ously em­bossed on a sil­ver or gold back­ground. The in­scrip­tion reads: “The pen trans­ports cul­ture”.

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