Mehraban Avestan is a typeface designed for the Avestan script used in Zoroastrian works and in historical Middle-Persian texts from the Sassanian period of the 3rd to 7th century CE. It is a companion to Mehraban Book Pahlavi, developed to integrate well in typesetting projects that employ both scripts or to serve on its own.
Avestan and Book Pahlavi share a history, and are frequently found together in manuscripts of the time, but each evolved in its own, distinctive direction. Avestan’s letterforms are unconnected, feature full vowel characters, and do not take on the ligatures common in Book Pahlavi. Although many of the characters in the two scripts share related anatomical constructions, Avestan letters exhibit their own proportions and treatment.
Designer Amir Mahdi Moslehi studied manuscripts that incorporate the two scripts together. He developed Mehraban Avestan to reflect the same calligraphic lineage featured in Mehraban Book Pahlavi, but adapted its forms and dimensions to serve Avestan typesetting’s contemporary needs.
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Amir Mahdi Moslehi is an Iranian type designer, calligrapher, and researcher, currently based in France. He completed his post-master’s degree in typographic research from the Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT) at ENSAD in Nancy. His Arabic-script typefaces are based on thorough research practices and his extensive background in calligraphy. Several of his typefaces are distributed by the Iranian type foundry Marayamsoft. Amir’s typefaces have received numerous awards, including both a TDC certificate of excellence and a second prize from Granshan for his Nasta’liq text typeface Mirza, and a first prize from Granshan for his Ekhtiar Arabic display typeface.