The piers carrying the arches have shafts at their angles, the earliest examples known, and the decoration of the walls consists of friezes, borders, and impost-bands, all enriched with conventional patterns interwoven with cufic characters and modelled in stucco.
Two inscriptions in Cufic characters surround the vase, but they, it would seem, are merely ornamental and destitute of meaning.
Cufic inscriptions on the façade record its erection in the 9th and its restoration in the 15th century A.D.
The cemetery covers a large area and has thousands of Cufic and Arabic inscriptions.
Arabic writing, as known to us from documents of the early Mahommedan period, exhibits two principal types which are known respectively as the Cufic and the nashki.
On his tomb is the inscription in Cufic characters, "This is the tomb of Okba, son of Nafi.