"Meem", 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 hadmade pigments from India, and high quality watercolour paints.

Painting comes unframed


The ‘meem’ is the twenty-fourth letter of the Arab alphabet. It represents number forty and belongs to the element of fire.

The ‘meem’ starts and ends with a ‘m’, which points out that we’ll return to the One we came from, the One without beginning nor end. As the first and second ‘m’ are different, we may be reminded of the fact that He never repeats the same manifestation twice. For some the ‘meem’ symbolizes the duality 1. power of matter / 2. power of God.

Shaykh ad-Dabbaagh informs us that the ‘mim’ corresponds to virility,
which is a part of the Adamic state.