Antique Bessarabian Kilim Rug, Origin: Romania – This antique Bessarabian flat weave rug, or kilim, depicts a delightful collection of stylized botanical motifs and dainty quatrefoils that represent the originality of Bessarabian designs. In a whimsical, countrified style, this graphic antique Bessarabian kilim displays a lovely assortment of botanical motifs that have an enchanted folksy appearance. The bold striped field is broken into compartmental segments executed in alternating combinations of vermilion, lapis and ecru, which feature exquisite marbled variegation. Directional woodland flowers and clustered leaflets decorate the bold rose-red segments, which are juxtaposed against deep aubergine stripes and ecru bands that contain repeating quatrefoils with arching extensions and botanical appendages that resemble ancient wolf’s mouth symbols. Subtle striped accent pieces highlight the convergence of each colorful band while maintaining the simple, organic details that give this antique Bessarabian kilim its sophisticated bucolic style.