Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas

خوش خط فارسي والخطوط العربية – خطاط استوار طوماس


What scripts do you find most rewarding to write?

June 5, 2017 |

My first calligraphy instruction was in Persian (Farsi)* which uses the Arabic script. After the fifth grade we had to pass a major government exam in all subjects in order to complete elementary school and move on with our … Read More

Maktoob Arabic Tattoo

May 26, 2017 |

My client had already obtained a tattoo, “Maktoob” (meaning “it is written”), but wanted to embellish and improve the overall design. Working with an existing tattoo can be tricky; I strongly advise against trying to edit (or even worse … Read More

Zoomorphic Calligraphy Lion Tattoo

May 20, 2017 |

Zoomorphic calligram for a Persian tattoo in Farsi calligraphy: “Better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

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Azadi آزادى

May 18, 2017 |


This is not a new design, nor the first time I am posting it. But my hope for Azadi — freedom — in this world rings stronger than ever. Persian/Farsi calligraphy of the word for Freedom; also the … Read More

Cedar of Lebanon Arabic Tattoo

May 16, 2017 |

My client requested an Arabic tattoo in the shape of the famed Cedar of Lebanon, shown here very nicely inked onto the arm. After I provide you with a custom designed calligraphy tattoo it is very gratifying to see … Read More

Wedding Monogram Wax Seal

May 11, 2017 |

A wax seal with your own custom-designed monogram in Persian or Arabic calligraphy adds a touch of Old World class to wedding invitations and wedding favours.

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November 4, 2016 |

PEACE projected onto the curtains of a Sukkah.– صلح و سلامتي

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This too shall pass

June 11, 2016 |

“This too shall pass” This artwork is available as a benefit for Syrian refugee relief:

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Joseph and his brothers

June 7, 2016 |

This is a print made from an old metal printing plate from Iran, I am guessing c. 1930s. The photo is of Joseph being thrown in the well by his brothers. The story is originally from the Torah, but also … Read More

أهلاً وسهلاً

June 5, 2016 |

Ahlan Wa Sahlan: أهلاً وسهلاً

Arabic, Stylized Kufic Script

Traditional Arabic welcome–especially to a home– emphasizing hospitality to strangers. Ahlan—أهلا– is “family,” as in “You’ve come to stay with family,” and sahlanسهلا is flat or open place without obstacles and where … Read More

Happy Easter

March 27, 2016 |

Happy Easter!

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My writing tools

March 22, 2016 |

My writing tools, including quills, reed pens (qalam ney), Chinese brushes, sign painting brush and assorted metal nibs (broad nib, copperplate, quill, wire brush, etc.). These are a sampling of the well-used tools of my daily life as a calligrapher. … Read More

Eid-e No Ruz Tabrik

March 19, 2016 |

Eid-e No Ruz Tabrik.

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تبريک عيد نو روز

March 21, 2015 |

Happy First Day of Spring – No Ruz – Iranian New Year – Vernal Equinox. May the coming year be one of happiness and fulfillment for everyone.

نو روز پيروز

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به اميد ديدار

August 1, 2014 |

به اميد ديدار Persian calligraphy by S. J. Thomas.

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Islamic Marriage Certificate

July 2, 2014 |

Islamic Marriage Certificate with bismallah, Qur’an inscription in Arabic and English and hand painted illuminated border design.  Original work by artist calligrapher Stewart J. Thomas.

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Omar Khayyam

June 5, 2014 |

The 11th century poet, Omar Khayyam, says “I am my own, and, what I am, I am / من زان خودم چنان که هستم هستم”  Calligraphy and hand painted border by Stewart J. Thomas,

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Hummingbird and Flower

May 13, 2014 |

Arabic inscription in the form of a hummingbird and a flower.  The hummingbird reads as the bismallah “ ” while the flower reads as “Ina lilah wa ina ilahi rajioon” – “إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ”

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Rumi: sell your cleverness

March 26, 2014 |

This line of poetry from Rumi has been translated as “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”  I prefer “Sell your cleverness and buy be-wonderment.”  The Persian says: buy the art of wonder.  Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas,

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نو روز پيروز

March 21, 2014 |

No Ruz Pirooz.  Home-made Iranian style baqlava (baklava) made with almonds, pistachios, cardamom and rose water – served with tea, of course.  Happy New Year, and may it be a good one.

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Dance when you are perfectly free

March 20, 2014 |

“Dance when you are perfectly free”  Persian (Farsi) calligraphy by S.J. Thomas.  No Ruz Pirooz!

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Ayat al-Kursi

March 13, 2014 |

Ayat al-Kursi (āyatu-l-kursī), the 255th verse (ayah) of the second chapter (sura) of the Qur’an, Al-Baqara. To listen to a recitation of this Ayat, along with translation into English, view here. For a description of the symmetry of the language … Read More

Persian Names in Calligraphy

March 8, 2014 |

Persian names in calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas, calligrapher.

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From the masters

February 27, 2014 |

From time to time I like to feature a wonderful work from the masters:

Saki, album miniature, 1609

Reza Abbasi, 1565-1635

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Rumi: The Messiah is within my heart and like an invalid, I roam

February 25, 2014 |

A poem of Mawlana Rumi, “Nah man beehodeh gerde koocheh.” If you would like to hear this song sung in the Sufi ecstatic style, here is a link to a rendering by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The accent is definitely … Read More