More than 100 covers designed for Riyad Al Rayyes

25. 12. 2007

Towards the end of 2007, Riyad Rayess Publishers, one of the most prominent publishers in the Arab world, set out to find a design house that would handle the cover design of their books after the sudden loss of their lifetime design partner and found Almohtaraf in the process. With a very low budget allocated for cover design, and an unshakable decision from Rayess to use the Arabic font Manal Black on all covers, Al Mohtaraf’s challenge was to build a recognisable visual style and flexible design approach for the books. Using full bleed images that were indirectly related to the subject of the matter, or had expressed a lateral point of view, or a strong cropping of mood images, Al Mohtaraf developed around 30 covers thus far. Al Mohtaraf also designed a fixed template for the spines that automatically made the books identifiable when sitting on the shelf.


Special Series ‘Mosbah Al Horiyya’ on Libertarian writers who influenced Modern thought.


A selection of book covers using a wide range of photographic and illustrative styles. The source of images is either Al Mohtaraf’s photo archive or Riyad El Rayyes’ collection of photographs.

Message of the day

Kameel Hawa: Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces  here.


Beirut sculpture takes center stage and opens the Beirut Art Week in front of Le Grey Hotel in the presence of the artist Kameel Hawa, the Lebanese minister of culture and the the director of the Beirut Art Fair Laure D'Hauteville among others.


On April 13, 2013, Al Mohtaraf Beirut studio will be hosting the launch of the book 'Arabic Type Design for Beginners' from the Khatt foundation. Book your copy:  

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Arabic Calligraphy in Modern art; a case by Kameel Hawa

Mohtaraf will be at the annual 56th Beirut Arab Book Fair with its newest book collection, Stand C28

ISTD awards AlMohtaraf two Certificates of Excellence for the design of the books: