THE START OF A MUSLIM RENAISANCE IN THE REGIONAL ARTS;
ICONIC ORIGINAL LETTERHEAD OF M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI.
The vision of M.A. Rahman Chughtai was design conscious all the time. In an era where the art world was dominated by Hindu influence, he had to make his mark as a Muslim artist. This is a design which was used as his letterhead in the early 1920s or by the time he had resigned from the Mayo School of Art. He wove his design on the basis of a lady reading the Holy Quran. The dome in front of the lady was a calligraphy designed by the artist but written actually by a famous calligrapher of Lahore, attached to the Masjid Wazeer Khan Lahore. Most people confused it as a Quranic reference instead of seeing it as a name and address only.
This vision asserted his role as the Muslim renaissance of the arts in the region. The letterhead changed many times in his life time but is still used on the letterhead of Chughtai Museum. It has an immortal twist to it and it does not go away from our vision and record. Allah bless the sacred soul of the artist!