Marwan Aridi of Dallas Unveils His New Book on Islamic Ornaments

Arabic calligraphy captured the heart of a young Marwan Aridi and never let it go. Today, the Lebanese-American artist is recognized globally for his calligraphy designs. His work can be found in books, magazines, advertisements and commissioned pieces around the world. Aridi came to the U.S. in the late 1970s for college. He earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design in 1980 from Texas A&M Canyon and a master's degree in art from Texas Tech a few years later. In 1992, he founded Aridi Computer Graphics, a Dallas-based software company that specializes in fonts, drawings and ornament production. The artist shares his love of calligraphy and design in a newly released book called Tribute to the Art of Islamic Ornaments. In it, he describes how he created another book in which his designs adorn each of the 114 Surahs (chapters) of the Quran.  Continue reading...

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