It has been said that the Kuran was revealed
in the Hejaz, read in Egypt and written in Istanbul,
in reference to the fact that the art of calligraphy
in the Arabic script achieved its aesthetic
height in the hands of Turkish calligraphers.
In Ayverdi's collection of calligraphy the truth
of this aphorism can be clearly seen.
The collection is the chance to see the work
of major calligraphers from the 15th century
onwards, such as Seyh Hamdullah, Ahmed Karahisari,
Dervis Ali, Hafiz Osman, Agakapili Ismail, Mustafa
Rakim, M. Esad Yesari, Kazasker Mustafa Izzet,
Abdullah Zuhdi Efendi, Sevki Efendi, Haci Arif,
Sami Efendi, Hasan Riza, Hulusi Efendi, Hamid
Aytac, Kemal Batanay and Aziz Efendi, in many
different script hands.