In addition to pens, inks and papers, we also carry a variety of crucial accessories for Arabic calligraphy.
The makta is a strip of natural material - horn, bone, or ivory- used as a surface to cut your pen on. It must be both hard and supple at the same time, in order to prevent splintering and breakage within the pen's nib.
We carry seven varieties of inkwell, from the very small to very wide.
Our likka is imported directly from Japan as raw silk and then degummed in the traditional fashion for calligraphy.
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Agate Paper Burnisher
Our hand-crafted paper burnisher is the only one of its kind available in America. The 2" polished agate stone is set in ash. It is the primary tool for making paper ready for calligraphy. Without proper burnishing, ahar paper can never properly receive the pen.
Most agate burnishers are meant for gilding, and thus have a contact area of a few millimeters, and are set on a stick which restricts the amount of pressure that can be achieved, making them useless for paper preparation. For that reason we designed this two-handed setup for maximum downward pressure based on Mohamed Zakariya Hoca's paper burnisher, a design tried and true for ahar preparation.
We hand make these burnishers from scratch, grinding the polishing stone from raw materials. The stones are set in the handle with high-grade epoxy. They are then individually tested to make sure they are in perfect condition and ready to go.
2" wide burnishing surface.
Wheat paste is the traditional material used gluing calligraphy to board. Papers glued with paste can be removed easily without damage, unlike other glues. No boiling required, this is a pre-cooked paste, just add water. Instructions included. 100% archival.
Known as a mistar, it is a tool for marking lines on a page for calligraphy without drawing onto the paper. Heavy-duty thread runs in parallel lines, and the lines are transferred to the page by rubbing your finger over it. The lines disappear when the piece is mounted on board.
The mistar has a grid for perfect alignment and is marked both for a kitaa and with 4 full lines.
Master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya can be seen demonstrating the use of the mistar in this video.