Kitas are small calligraphic works, generally horizontal or rectangular in format and generally using two scripts: one large, Sulus, and one small, Nesih. To allow for the arrangement of longer lines of Sulus with shorter lines of Nesih, the calligrapher leaves small rectangular or triangular spaces called koltuks, Turkish for armpit. The koltuks are generally illuminated, as are the borders of the kita. Smaller kitas may be written in a single script, Sulus or Nesih. Kitas can also be in Talik script with horizontal or diagonal text.
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