Mysteries of Square Kufic Calligraphy

Article by Dr. Mamoun Sakkal
Published in Future Vision magazine, issue 10, 2003

An intriguing example of Square Kufic style of Arabic calligraphy was executed for King Pedero I in his palace Alcazar in Seville, Spain, in 1364. Muslim artisans used blue and white ceramic tiles to form a decorative panel over the entrance facade to the courtyard. The geometric panel contained many crosses, which must have pleased the Christian patron, but was in fact composed of the phrase “There is no victor but God,” the slogan of the Nasrid rulers of Granada at the time, the city where these Muslim craftsmen came from to execute this project.

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