The Kamiş kalem is the backbone of Arabic calligraphy. Kamiş kalems, meaning reed pens in Farsi and Turkish, have been used by Arab, Turkish, and Iranian calligraphers as the pen of choice for more than 500 years. It is made from reeds that grow along rivers. However, there is a lengthy process of “curing” the pen to make it ready for use by the calligrapher.
These pens are imported from Iran and are made specifically for Arabic and Islamic calligraphy.