Hattat Ahmet Kutluhan

Ahmet Kutluhan

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 Ahmet Kutluhan was born in 1975 in Tosya, Kastamonu. He began his studies in Hüsn-i  Hat (the Art of Calligraphy) in high school, learning Rik'a from Rafet Küllüoğlu in Kastamonu. When he came to Istanbul in 1992 for university, he began studying Thuluth and Nasikh from the internationally renowned calligrapher Hasan Çelebi. The first lesson, as an accepted principle in this art, is to study the dua "Rabbi yassir" in the Thuluth script.  In a period of approximately six months, he finished his first lesson with success. He then began to study the letters of the Arabic alphabet.  After six years of study, he received his Ijaza, the authorization to teach Thuluth and Nasikh, at IRCICA (Islamic History, Art and Culture Research Center) during a ceremony organized by Ekmelettin Ihsanoglum.  During this time, he also perfected his Rik'a style by studying with Muhittin Serin and took lessons in the Jali Divani and Ta’lik scripts from Ali Alparslan. Ahmet Hoca received his authorization to teach the Ta'lik script at IRCICA during a ceremony on November 25th, 2010. 


To showcase his individual work and the Ottoman school, which he represents, Ahmet Hoca has participated in many exhibitions. His first individual exhibition was at Seven Art Gallery in Kadikoy, Istanbul in 2005. His second individual exhibition took place in Eyup Sultan Cultural Center on November 6th, 2015.  In 2009 and 2011 he participated in international Husn-i Hat exhibitions in Tehran, Iran. He gave authorization to 15 of his students with the approval of his teacher Hasan Celebi Hoca. He has continued his work in his studio in Uskudar, Istanbul. He has gives classes and workshops at Üsküdar Balaban Tekkesi on Saturdays, continuing the living tradition of Ottoman calligraphy.



Selected Exhibitions:


  • November 2001 Üsküdar-Altunizade Cultural Center
  • December 2001 Beşiktaş-Toprakbank Art Gallery
  • May 2002 Sultanahmet-Journalists Community Written Media Museum 
  • May 2002 Kastamonu-Rıfat Ilgaz  Cultural Center
  • November 2002 Osmanbey-Artemis Art Gallery
  • March 2003 Levent-Ümit Yaşar Gallery
  • December 2003 Konya Public Library 
  • November 2004 Nişantaşı-Hasan Çelebi and His Students Hat Exhibition
  • November 2005 Veni Vidi Eye Hospital-Bağdat Street
  • August 2007 From Students to Teachers International Calligraphy Exhibition-Altunizade Cultural Center-Üsküdar
  • September 2007 Hasan Çelebi and His Students Hat Exhibition- Makif Cultural Center-PENDİK
  • June 2008 The Exhibition to Commemorate Hattat Hamit AYTAÇ, Bülent Ecevit Cultural Center-Kartal
  • August 2010 Hasan Çelebi and His Students from Four Continents Calligraphy Exhibition, Beyoğlu Art Gallery-İstanbul
  • November 2012 Şeyhul Hattatiyn Hasan Çelebi and His Students Calligraphy Exhibition-Nişantaşı
  • November 2015 40 Hadith Reported by Eyüp Sultan-Eyüp
  • April 2018 Çelebi Hoca and His Students Calligraphy Exhibition-Albaraka Art Gallery-Üsküdar

His Calligraphy in Mosques


  • Calligraphy on the doors in the Buyuk Camlica Mosque - Üsküdar
  • Türkmenistan Mari Merkez Mosque Calligraphy in the dome of a mosque in Kenya
  • Gaziantep İbrahim Akın Mosque
  • İzmit Akarca Mosque
  • Zeytinburnu Sümer Mosque
  • Calligraphy on the wooden door of the Şişli Ayazağa Şerife Bacı Mosque
  • İdealtepe Kadriye Hatun Mosque-Maltepe-İSTANBUL
  • Kastamonu,Tosya, Özboyu Village Mosque