Al-Furqan Institute – London

Al-Furqan Institute: London, United Kingdom

Al-Furqan Institute: London, United Kingdom

Bismillah prototype for the 22 linear meters (calligraphy by Rasheed Butt)

Al-Furqan Institute: London, United Kingdom

Al-Furqan Institute: London, United Kingdom

Detail of the acanthus floral bracket

Al-Furqan Institute: London, United Kingdom

Jay Bonner was contracted by the Al-Furqan Foundation in London to design and supply 22 linear meters of carved wood Arabic calligraphy floral background, brackets, and borders. This forms a calligraphic cornice that runs around the ceiling of their conference room. The building is a Jacobean manor house, and to better marry the existing floral decoration with the new calligraphic cornice, Jay Bonner designed the floral elements in the acanthus style. The renowned Pakistani calligrapher, Rasheed Butt, undertook the calligraphy for this project. This work was produced in walnut wood, and was undertaken by traditional woodcarvers in Pakistani Kashmir. The al-Furqan Institute is dedicated to the photographic preservation of ancient Islamic manuscripts.

Completed in 1990.