Writing is an important factor of civilization and culture. It stands for the onset of the recorded history of nations. In Iran, the beginning of the historical period can be studied very accurately. Thanks to the signs, mud tablets, rock face steles, on metal and terra-cotta plaques, which represent the earliest written testimonies able to throw light upon our ancestors' thoughts and lives.
While studying the various evolutionary stages of writing in ancient Iran, one faces numerous significant fine points regarding the variety of shapes and nature, subjects and languages. Among the various ancient Iranian scripts, cuneiform and Sassanian Pahlavi may be considered as the most accomplished of their time.
In this section of the Museum, our attention is focused on calligraphic works from the early Islamic era onward, that are represented by Qur'ans in Kufic and Thulth scripts, belonging to the 9th century AD. The limited number of the items on display is due to the scope of resources available, and specially to our emphasis on the artistic, calligraphic aspect of the works. Our small exhibition is composed of the various Kuf´c, Thulth, Mohaqqaq, Reyhan, Divani, Naskh, Reqa', Ta'liq, Nasta'liq and Shekasteh scripts from their origins until the early 20th century AD.
Thanks should be given to Islam, for its reverence toward the pen and the written word, concepts that it considers as factors of progress.