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Midad Story

Abdulla al Fakhro is a Qatari artist and calligrapher. he specializes in Kufic calligraphy, Qur’an, and Cyrillic Kufic in addition to square Kufic.

Story of Midad

The beginning was a journey of immense love for Arabic calligraphy. I started exploring this majestic world, learning it by all possible means, using special notebooks available back then. I was gradually delving and immersing into this beautiful, ancient art, which has a rich history of over 2000 years

I practiced calligraphy for many years, and specialized in two styles: Qirawani Kufi and Masahif Kufi. However, in 2015, I started writing wavy names in a free style that evolved from the Sunbali and Wisam styles. My writings on paper eventually saw daylight as I   transformed them into a three dimensional sculpture, crafted with precious gold. That was, and still is, the most valuable piece I have ever made.

I had always questioned myself about the true value of art. It wasn’t rewarding enough for me to create paintings and sculptures, and showcase them in exhibitions, where visitors praised them, then they forgot about them when they moved on with their lives. I wondered, how can art be valuable if it wasn’t actively a part of our daily lives?

Many around me got my idea and encouraged me to work on it. So, in 2016, I founded a jewelry trade mark. My jewelry brand is inspired from Arabic calligraphy and Islamic Arabesque. In 2017, I chose the name MIDAD for my jewelry brand, which means INK, as Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “Say, “If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Lord.

So here I am, converting my passion for Arabic calligraphy into unique pieces that can be acquired by special people like you. I am creating pieces that are worthy not only for the metal from which they are made, but also for the idea and art behind it. 

Arabic calligraphy means a lot more than mere letters we write down. It is an entire heritage, and I am keen on transferring it to as many people as I can. It is a carrier of our history, knowledge, sciences, and civilization. Royals had cared for this art for long. They mastered it themselves, and valued other masters too. I am honored to play my part in sharing Arabic calligraphy with the world through my MIDAD designs.

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