The Hilye-I Serif is a combination of Calligraphy and Naht art. The “Sulus” and “Nesih” scripts were used in the work. Calligraphy was written by Özgür Çetintaş. The illumination was designed and cut by Yücel Elibüyük, using Rumi motifs.
Hilye is a beautiful and significant description of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)’s moral, behavioral, and spiritual merits, as well as physical appearance. Hilye visualizes Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) with a spiritual image instead of attempting to picturise him in a painting as the Islamic faith discourages the making of depictions of a person who could be idolized.
During the 16th Century, Hilye was written in a particular style of calligraphy by master calligrapher Hafiz Osman. From now on Hilye became an important part of Turkish Calligraphy Art. It is still very essential for Turkish Calligraphers to write a Hilye for being accepted as a master.
There is a general belief that there will be peace, productivity and bliss anywhere where a Hilye is hung.
The artwork is cut by a scroll saw from Maple and Birch. It is placed on a velvet mat. There is no dye and stain involved.
It was completed with 600 hours of work including total design and cut.
Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, materials, dimensions, and color may vary slightly.