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Iran's Mashhad hosts intl. exhibition of calligraphy of Silk Road countries

Yusef Jalali

Press TV, Mashhad

Showcased at this exhibition are exquisite calligraphy works from Iran, South Korea, China and other countries that are situated along the Silk Road.

Organized by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, the exhibit is dubbed Dancing Pens. Organizers say at a time when the world is gripped by sad news, calligraphy as an ancient art shared by the Silk Road nations can re-establish peace and friendship among different countries.

Artists here say calligraphy breathes life into words, and turns them into a works of art that can be communicated even by those who don't understand the language. Calligraphy has been around in the Silk Road since more a thousand years ago.

The Silk Road is mostly known as an ancient trade path. But experts view it as a platform through which nations exchanged their traditions and art. This can be grasped in these artworks, which might look different in alphabets, but meaningfully similar in form.

Calligraphy has had a special position in Oriental cultures, who looked at the simplest issues from an aesthetic perspective. Experts say it's time to reintroduce this beautiful art which they regard as a universal language that can connect nations far from political complications.

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