We carry 3 types of paper for use in Arabic and Islamic calligraphy: Standard white layout paper, hand-dyed paper, and handmade ahar paper directly from the top hand papermakers in India, prepared for calligraphy by calligraphers.
Our stock is always expanding, so check back often for new papers and sizes as they come in.
We are proud to announce that we are the first supplier in North America to offer ahar papers (also known as muqahar) made specifically for Islamic calligraphy. These papers are handmade from beginning to end by calligrapher and craftsman Idrees Shaikh in Shimoga, central India.
After the paper is hand made in Shimoga they are coated with starch and a sizing made from alum and egg whites. This creates a microscopic barrier between the paper fibers and the air, so ink doesn't penetrate the paper itself, and instead sits on the ahar. This allows for corrections and erasure. The paper is then burnished until it shines.
These papers are thus prepared for calligraphy by calligraphers and are the only such papers available in America.
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Handmade banana/kozo ahar paper, with yellow inclusions. Very translucent. Two sizes available: 30”x24” (76x60cm/A1) and 8.5x11 (21x28cm/A4)
Handmade banana and mulberry ahar paper, with small flecked inclusions. Very translucent. Two sizes available: 30”x24” (76x60cm/A1) and 8.5x11 (21x28cm/A4)
Handmade mulberry ahar paper, tan in color with small flecked inclusions. Moderately translucent. Two sizes available: 30”x24” (76x60cm/A1) and 8.5x11 (21x28cm/A4)
Handmade ahar paper, dyed light green. Jute fiber inclusions. Not translucent. Two sizes available: 30”x24” (76x60cm/A1) and 8.5x11 (21x28cm/A4)
Handmade ahar paper, dyed deep green. Laid pattern visible. Not translucent. Two sizes available: 30”x24” (76x60cm/A1) and 8.5x11 (21x28cm/A4)
Handmade ahar paper, with burnished ahar on both sides.
This is ready to become a hand-written Qur’an, book of Hadith, poetry, or any other handwritten, handmade book.
One full sheet is 30x24” (76x60cm), which will fold to create 8 pages of 12x15” (38x30cm), or 32 pages of 7.5x6” (19x15cm).
Calligraphy is no fun without fun papers to work on!
This is the complete line of paper options, from practice paper up through handmade ahar paper. It includes:
100 sheets of 8.5x11 white calligraphy paper
15 sheets of 11x17 hand-dyed cream paper
10 sheets of handmade ahar papers:
Clear Banana with Yellow Fibers
Mulberry and Banana
All papers are ready to write your compositions on!
Arabic calligraphy is generally written on warm, cream-toned papers. Our hand-dyed paper has a semi-glossy finish, and holds the pen beautifully. After it dries, it is placed in a clamp and clamped overnight to prevent wrinkles and bucking. Ink can be erased off this paper with both knife and q-tip and ensures an almost complete erasure.
The whitepaper we carry has been selected as the best possible paper available in America through a battery of calligraphy tests, dye tests, paste application, wet/dry comparisons, ink absorption, among many other tests. More than 50 paper product lines were tested in this process, which lasted more than 3 months.
You can easily erase ink from this paper with a damp q-tip for a near-complete erasure. It takes clean corrections with a razor or the flat of a blade.