Surah Al-Baqarah, verses 197–201; two pages from the Blue Quran, written in Kufic script

Kufic script (Arabic: الخط الكوفي) is a style of Arabic script that gained prominence early on as a preferred script for Quran transcription and architectural decoration, and it has since become a reference and an archetype for a number of other Arabic scripts. It developed from the Arabic alphabet in the city of Kufa, from which its name is derived.[1] Kufic script is characterized by angular, rectilinear letterforms and its horizontal orientation.[2] There are many different versions of Kufic script, such as square Kufic, floriated Kufic, knotted Kufic, and others.[2] The artistic styling of Kufic led to its use in a non-Arabic context in Europe, as decoration on architecture, known as pseudo-Kufic.

  1. ^ "Kūfic script | calligraphy | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  2. ^ a b "The Development and Spread of Calligraphic Scripts". Metmuseum.org. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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