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Old 01-11-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Arabic design — which way up?

I'm framing this picture and need to know which way up it should go. Any ideas?
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:19 AM   #2
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It looks symmetrical, except for the middle, which may be arabic script. That's your clue.
Try putting the pretzel at the bottom. Admittedly, that's just a feeling.
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I'm framing this picture and need to know which way up it should go. Any ideas?
I think you need someone who can read Arabic script. Or maybe a character showing of Arabic characters, so you could see which way they are meant to be read.

That assumes the things in the middle are characters and not something else, of course.

What an incredible thing in that image.

   
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The picture looks upside-down to me; it's certainly not symmetical.

   
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I suppose you could split the difference: frame the picture symmetrically, then put a hanger on the top and the bottom. Then you could hang it the other way 'round if it was wrong.

   
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I think you need someone who can read Arabic script.
I was hoping we might have an Arabic typesetter lurking here.

   
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I was hoping we might have an Arabic typesetter lurking here.
We may. I will change the title to see if that helps.

   
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Good idea. Thanks.

   
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I'm framing this picture and need to know which way up it should go. Any ideas?
While the bit in the middle certainly is Arabic script (and looks the right way up to me) the whole design looks like it's Arabic calligraphy in an almost-symmetrical design that could be placed any side up apart from the bit in the middle (which is possibly the name of a Sura or - more likely I think, due to its shortness - one of the 99 most beautiful names of Allah). So you'd still have to use the text in the middle as your guideline.

If you look at the list of names of Allah in the second article I linked to, you'll easily see it's the right way up as you posted it - you may even be able to find which it is by carefully going through that list. That leaves, of course, the question of what the calligraphed text around it is.

   
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The picture looks upside-down to me; it's certainly not symmetical.
It's not exactly symmetrical because of the text in the middle - but look at the shadows and by that alone you can tell it is the right way up.

   
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