The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2013 Eid Forever Stamp is being dedicated at the American Philatelic Society stamp show in Milwaukee, WI. Customers may purchase the Eid Forever stamp now at www.usps.com/stamps, or at 800-StAMP-24 (800-782-6724) for delivery by mail and at Post Offices nationwide.
The Postal Service issued its first Eid stamp, with gold calligraphy against a blue background, on September 1, 2001. A new Eid stamp with gold calligraphy against a reddish background debuted on August 12, 2011. All Eid stamps to date have featured the work of world-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia.
Employing traditional methods and instruments to create this design, calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya chose a script known in Arabic as thuluth and in Turkish as sulus, describing it as “the choice script for a complex composition due to its open proportions and sense of balance.” He used homemade black ink, and his pens were crafted from seasoned reeds from the Near East and Japanese bamboo from Hawai‘i. The paper was specially prepared with a coating of starch and three coats of alum and egg-white varnish, then burnished with an agate stone and aged for more than a year. His black-and-white calligraphic design was then colorized by computer.