Nada Debs Arabic Kufi Type

This piece was created specially for “the future of tradition – the tradition of future” exhibition at hausderkunst in Munich. It challenges our perception of delicate islamic carpets. Following the trademark signature of Nada Debs, it combines elements of the Middle and Far East. Like tatami mats, it is composed of modular elements that combine to form a long islamic carpet. It combines old and new techniques: concrete inlaid with mother-of-pearl. It uses the Arabic script to create Haiku-like ‘concrete’ poetry, dedicating each of the 28 panels to one letter of the Arabic alphabet where all words starting with that letter are arranged to create a visual and musical rhythm.

The meaning of the carpet lies in its negation of a didactic meaning, and in Nada’s words: ‘it is what it is, it is grounded in the present moment. The font used in the design was developed in collaboration with Pascal Zoghbi as a corporate font for Nada Debs, and is presented for the first time in this design piece. It mixes the calligraphic tradition of Kanji and Arabic calligraphy in a contemporary geometric design, and in this sense is a true signature of Nada Debs.

Paragraph written by Huda AbiFares / Khatt Foundation.

Nada Debs’s Concrete Poetry on Concrete Carpetwas exhibited in the Khatt Foundation section of the exhibition entitled Letters Off the Page.


Nada Debs. Concrete Poetry on Concrete Carpet. 2010.
9m x 3m concrete slabs with mother of pearl.



Nada Debs. Concrete Poetry on Concrete Carpet. 2010.
9m x 3m concrete slabs with mother of pearl.

Nada Debs Arabic font is a simplified Kufi font with high contrast between the vertical and horizontal pen strokes.

Nada Debs design studio is a modern interior and industrial design house focusing on eastern patterns and geometry in the design of their furniture and spaces. The type is directly inspired from the diamond Arabic dot shape as well as the geometric Kufi script that is in close relationship with arabesque and eastern patterns.

The structure of the type allows it to be implemented easily into the eastern furniture. The letters can by carved into wood structures or imbedded into cement pieces…

The font reflects the identity of Nada Debs furniture which are elegant and modern pieces and at the same time based on the eastern arts and structures.

Karim Joreige designed the Latin letters in the font prior to the Arabic.

In return for the Arabic type design, Nadine Hajjar at Nada Debs design studio designed the desk and shelving system for my new studio.


The desk was designed with open drawers and metallic arabesque pattern imbedded into the black painted wood.

The shelving system is a large black wooden structure standing from the floor to the ceiling. The shelves and sections in it are created from the indic figures 29 referring to the name of my design studio.

10 Comments

  1. I loved this post…
    The English type is really cool!
    The Arabic type is great!
    and the shelving system and table are very interesting!

  2. It’s awesome!

    I do find the Arabic text a bit difficult to read however, but that’s probably because I have less experience with the script.

  3. Lovely work.
    Was there some Kufi rule that influenced the allignment of the t with the ascender. I would really love to see this font with a higher ascender and a ‘traditional’ lowercase t.
    I didn’t find the Arabic hard to read at all can’t wait to see it in its intended application on furniture.

    • I agree with you Jhonny, but i ask you this; where can you download descent proper Arabic fonts for free… ?

  4. I do find the Arabic text a bit difficult to read however, but that’s probably because I have less experience with the script.

  5. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST BENEFICENT AND THE MOST MERCIFULLY, HELLO TO YOU MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HOW ARE YOU ALL, I HOPE YOU ARE FINE AS I AM? BY THE WAY MY NAME IS ABDUL FATAWU IDDRISU AM A MALE FROM GHANA IN WEST AFRICAN CONTINENT, AM ARABIC STUDENT IN SOBRIA ISLAMIC SENOR HIGH SECONDARY SCHOOL FROM THE CAPITAL CITY IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA TAMALE .
    MY DREAM IS TO COMPLETE MY ARABIC EDUCATION IN SAUDI ARABIA AND AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, SO, PLEASE I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU THAT THERE IS AN APPLICATION FORM AVAILABLE? PLEASE I WANT TO BE AMOUNT YOUR STUDENTS.
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