A little bit about Qalbi and the person behind it...

Claire Witz Arabic Artist at Qalbi

Hello and welcome! It's lovely to have you here.  Qalbi means "my heart" in Arabic (it's pronounced "qalbee" with a "q" rather than "kwa" sound at the start). My name is Claire and I am the person behind it.  I've created everything you see here with love, care and attention to make it a beautiful, high quality and a completely personal gift that you are excited to give. I specialise in:

  • personalised Arabic gifts
  • Arabic calligraphy
  • Islamic gifts
  • Custom vintage map art

I've been painting for as long as I can remember, over 25 years at the last count. I also have a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and have lived in Morocco, hence the fact that I specialise in Arabic artwork.  

I took the plunge to start painting full time in 2008 to work around our two children, initially under the name Painted with Love. In 2017 I decided to take the plunge and rebrand to Qalbi to reflect the increasing amount of Arabic work that I do.

I'm based in the UK but my paintings are all over the world, including India, Qatar, Australia, South Africa, Greece, Yemen, USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, France, Norway, Netherlands, Chile, Germany and lots of other countries. I can hardly believe it sometimes!


Please take a look through my shop and gallery for inspiration and ideas. These are just a starting point – everything can be personalised with different wording in either English or Arabic, or be in different colours/designs, and I also take commissions for completely custom artwork.  

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a custom piece, you can contact me through my contact form.