Saba Javeed

 Impact of culture of a country on art of calligraphy and Inter influence of art of calligraphy across Silk Road countries


Art has no boundary, in cross culture it shares same roots. Art significantly influence the norms, trust and attitude of people and builds a society on the roots of harmony even in resilient territories. This phenomenon brings the logic of art acceptance and increases the value of expatriate art in foreign lands. The emergence of art influence brings diversification in contemporary art although the traditional calligraphy shows very minor modification and variation.

The Silk Road is a big source of combining and introducing the art and culture of the countries it crosses. Though most of the countries share same foundation of religion Islam so they have inter influence of art, calligraphy and culture. The modification and diversification in traditional khatt style is very appreciated and accepted warmly in cross border, and that is why master calligrapher of one country is also respected as master calligrapher and his rules are followed in other countries.

Our topic of discussion is the differentiation of calligraphy in different regions of my country and also the influence of foreign art of calligraphy in home country. When an artist combines all the festive and warmth of culture in one frame holding all the traditions and norms firmly becomes a whole representativeness of his country. Similarly, when an artist efforts to combine the traditional art of other countries in one artwork through specific elements by moving from primitive style of calligraphy to medieval period of Ottoman era to the modern art in one artwork in khatt Kufi is my focused topic of discussion, for my artwork “Hilye Sharif”.

Keywords: traditional calligraphy, khatt kufi, resilience, expatriate, culture


Date of Birth                  August 02, 1986

Nationality                      Pakistani


Academic Record

  • ۲۰۱۹-۲۰۲۰: Scholar of Economics
  • ۲۰۰۶-۲۰۰۸: MSc  Economics
  • ۲۰۰۴-۲۰۰۶: BSc  Arabic, Psychology, Economics
  • ۲۰۰۲-۲۰۰۴: Pre-Medical


  • Calligraphy
  • Illumination
  • Design Creation
  • Visual Calligraphy and painting

Achievements and Awards

  • May, 2015: 2nd position in modern calligraphy at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
  • April 2016: Participated in Khat Kufic in Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah
  • September 2016: 2nd position in Traditional Calligraphy in Ashraf ul Qalam National Calligraphy Competition, Lahore
  • Febraury 2017: 2nd position in Modern Calligraphy at TMUC, Gujranwala
  • November, 2017: Jury Award for Ashraf ul Qalam National calligraphy Competition, Lahore
  • February 2018: 4th Place in Al Qalam National Calligraphy Competition, Islamabad
  • June 2018: Won consolation Place in Calligraphy Competition, Iraq
  • ۲۰۱۸: Won gold medal in Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
  • ۲۰۱۸: Selection in Cairo Calligraphy Competition, Egypt
  • ۲۰۱۹: Participated in IRCICA Calligraphy competition, Turkey
  • ۲۰۱۹: Participated in Calligraphy Competition, Iraq
  • ۲۰۲۰: ۲nd position in Ashraf ul qalam National Calligraphy Competition, Pakistan


  • ۲۰۱۴: Calligraphy exhibition, Faisalabad
  • ۲۰۱۵: Darbar e Funn Calligraphy exhibition in Lahore
  • ۲۰۱۵: Calligraphy exhibition in Gujranwala
  • ۲۰۱۵: Displayed Ceramic pots in WEXNET expo for SAARCC countries , Lahore
  • ۲۰۱۷: Wal Qalam National Calligraphy Exhibition, Islamabad
  • ۲۰۱۷: Ghazali Education Trust Calligraphy exhibition, Lahore
  • ۲۰۱۹: Al Qalam Calligraphy Exhibition, Islamabad
  • ۲۰۱۹: Der Divan calligraphy exhibition and competition, Berlin, Germany
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