Bessarabia Rugs - Collection of Antique Carpets from Romania

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Antique Bessarabian rugs in pile and tapestry technique occupy a unique place among European carpets. Produced during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries under late Ottoman Turkish rule in an area corresponding to modern Bulgaria and Rumania, they stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental carpet weaving. Many of the designs are floral patterns made in a naturalistic western style utilizing brown or black ground, not unlike certain Karabaghs from the Caucauses. But others, particularly flatweaves, reflect the tradition of Turkish kilims from nearby Anatolia, although in a distinctive Bessarbian palette. In either case they are supremely decorative pieces.

Knotted-pile carpets from Eastern Europe and Russia have for years been referred to as “Ukrainian,” with their flatwoven counterparts being “Bessarabian,” and their precise origins remaining unknown, although it can most likely be attributed to Romania. Carpet production in Russia is believed to have begun under Peter the Great (1682-1725) in the Imperial Tapestry Factory near St. Petersburg. Knotted-pile and Flatwoven rugs were woven there in the 18th and 19th centuries most often in the court-favored “French” style.

Carpet weaving in Russia flourished during the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-1796) who commissioned carpets for many of her palaces. These carpets often featured a deep brown-black ground and a dense overall floral design.

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21 Rugs Found in Bessarabian Kilim

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim Rug 43260

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 9 in x 6 ft 7 in
          (1.75 m x 2.01 m)
Woven with colorful accents on a soft blue field with a luxurious patina and textural abrash, this Bessarabian represents the regional style and local tribal traditions.

Antique Bessarabian Rug 3123

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft 8 in
          (1.22 m x 2.03 m)
This wonderful antique Bessarabian kilim from Roumania has a lovely array of floral sprays surrounded by a vinescroll border.

Antique Ningxia Oriental Rug 1729

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 5 ft 3 in x 7 ft 8 in
          (1.6 m x 2.34 m)

Sale:

  • $4,200.00
This superb antique Ningsia is an outstanding example of reserved classic Chinese design and color.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Rug 40456

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 10 in x 7 ft 9 in
          (1.47 m x 2.36 m)
This lovely antique Bessarabian Kilim from Romania has sprays of naturalistic plants and flowers influenced by the realistic floral detail of French Aubusson flatwoven carpets.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Rug 2121

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 8 in x 8 ft 2 in
          (1.42 m x 2.49 m)
This striking antique Bessarabian Kilim from Roumania has the customary floral sprays and vines, but treated much more abstractly, like the geometric kilim style of nearby Turkey.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Flat Weave Rug 46904

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft x 8 ft 5 in
          (1.52 m x 2.57 m)

Sale:

  • $6,600.00
Woven in modern-day Romania, this antique Bessarabian kilim features a delightful collection of stylized botanical motifs that have a natural sophistication.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 47037

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 8 in x 8 ft 6 in
          (1.73 m x 2.59 m)

Sale:

  • $1,900.00
Crafted in the early 20th century, this charming Bessarabian kilim depicts naturalistic floral decorations imbued with warmth, whimsy and a touch of elegance.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 43806

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 10 in x 8 ft 10 in
          (1.78 m x 2.69 m)

Sale:

  • $5,600.00
Featuring stylized bouquets with a Persian influence, this dramatic carpet is a unique Bessarabian design piece.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 43803

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 9 ft
          (1.22 m x 2.74 m)
The unique border with cropped floral patterns gives the composition of this antique Bessarabian rug a contemporary feeling.

Antique Bessarabian Rug 3322

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 2 in x 9 ft
          (1.57 m x 2.74 m)
A vinescroll border frames the beautiful floral pattern in this Bessarabian kilim.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Rug 40847

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 3 in x 9 ft 7 in
          (1.6 m x 2.92 m)
This Bessarabian rug features traditional roses, dramatic bouquets and ivory vines that contrast strongly against the solid field.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46918

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 7 ft 6 in x 9 ft 7 in
          (2.29 m x 2.92 m)
Crafted in the first quarter of the 20th century, this dazzling antique Romanian kilim depicts a host of angular tribal symbols melded with Bessarabian influences.

Vintage Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46906

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 6 ft 11 in x 10 ft 5 in
          (2.11 m x 3.17 m)
Drawn in a charming bucolic style, this antique Bessarabian kilim features a casual botanical medallion executed in a posh selection of blushing pink and ecru.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46905

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 8 ft x 10 ft 10 in
          (2.44 m x 3.3 m)
Crafted in the historic region of Bessarabia, this charming antique Romanian kilim displays a lovely collection of floral motifs arranged in a formal composition.

Early 19th Century Antique Bessarabian Rug 44219

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 8 ft x 11 ft 2 in
          (2.44 m x 3.4 m)
Woven with a formal neoclassical composition, this charming Bessarabian carpet combines formal architectural elements and gentle floral borders to create a harmonious blend of sophisticated and casual elements.

Antique Bessarabian Kilim 46536

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 7 ft 6 in x 11 ft 4 in
          (2.29 m x 3.45 m)
Woven in the early 20th century, this ornate antique Bessarabian Kilim features an archetypal series of lush floral bouquets that have tremendous decorative appeal.

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46925

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 6 ft 4 in x 11 ft 6 in
          (1.93 m x 3.51 m)

Sale:

  • $6,600.00
Styled according to Romanian ideals, this antique Bessarabian kilim depicts a charming pattern of whimsical florets and stars based on traditional weaving devices.

Bessarabian Rug 43433

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 9 ft x 12 ft
          (2.74 m x 3.66 m)
Antique Bessarabian tapestry rugs or kilims like this lovely example are famed for their naturalistic patterns of floral garlands and bouquets

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46919

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 6 ft 2 in x 12 ft 2 in
          (1.88 m x 3.71 m)
Crafted in Romania, this phenomenal early 20th century Bessarabian kilim has an exuberance and stylistic purity that is readily apparent in its folk-art designs.

Bessarabian Rug 43629

Style: Bessarabian Kilim
Origin: Romanian Rugs
Size: 7 ft 3 in x 13 ft 7 in
          (2.21 m x 4.14 m)
This reserved, elegant antique Karabagh has a design inspired by French Aubusson carpets.

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