"Laam", a 24k gilded Arabic letter, A3

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Part of an elegant series exploring the hidden interpretations behind the beautiful Arabic letters. Intrigued and awe-inspired by the Arabic Alphabet, I feel honoured to share these Illuminated letters with you all. They are gilded using genuine 24k gold, on A3 handmade khaadi paper

The paintings have beautiful deckled edges which add to their traditional charm. Entwined around the letters are Ottoman florals, painted using handmade pigments from India, and high quality watercolour paints.

Painting comes unframed


‘Laam’ is the twenty-third letter of the Arab alphabet. It represents number thirty and belongs to the element of earth.

It symbolizes perfect understanding. As this is the Ramadan alphabet it should be mentioned that the ‘night of power’ starts in Arabic with the ‘laam’. This is a night in which the seeker is favoured with a special state of illumination, in which he learns his true potential and rank in relation to the Beloved. It is the time when the seeker begins to arrive at the Source of Union and the stage of those who are matured in deep wisdom.

Shaykh ad-Dabbaagh informs us that the ‘laam’ corresponds to perfect science, which is a part of the message.