What is Diwani Style

Posted by staff 09/11/2016 0 Comment(s)

Diwani style was a formal calligraphy style of the Ottoman court and used for the most significant documents such as legal documents (Berat) and the diplomatic decree (Ferman).


Diwani style is the most decorative Arabic script. It’s origin comes from of Riqa and Nasta’liq style. It is very difficult to read, especially when it comes to more festive version, called Jeli Diwani style because of its specific layout that being very decorative. This style is a very compact way of writing a full diacritical marks, some of which have their function while others are only decorative.


Documents were often written with gold paint when written in Diwani or Jeli Diwani style. This style reached its first affirmation during the Sultan Faith’s rule and its full splendor in the 16th century, when it was additionally modified by famous calligrapher Shaykh Hamidullah. Diwani style was prsesnt in the Ottoman diplomatic correspondence until 20th century.


For Diwani style, accurate small samples are considered more beautiful than larger ones. It is marked by beauty and harmony. It has a high artistic value and is still used in the ceremonies and greeting cards.


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