Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim 46903

Size: 2 ft 10 in x 5 ft 4 in (0.86 m x 1.63 m)

Stylized blossoms, brightly colored symbols, graphic repeating patterns and striped compositional elements are combined in this signed antique Bessarabian kilim.

Bessarabian Kilim, Romania, c. 1930 – This splendid antique Bessarabian kilim showcases a stunning assortment of age-old motifs that represent an elegant melding of cultures and an extension of ancient Caucasian weaving traditions. The beautifully patterned composition features a striking series of modular striped compartments filled with stylized latch-hook blossoms and radiant lozenges that have colorful extensions. Zigzagging S-hooks, rows of repeating lozenges and kaleidoscopic diamonds are skillfully arranged in a beautifully symmetric repeating pattern that turns ancient symbols into dazzling right-angle patterns and decorative flowers that seamlessly blend together. Creamy neutrals, inky blacks and soft celadon are juxtaposed against fiery rose reds that give the composition a passionate floral appearance. High-contrast colors, impressively detailed linear motifs and minute hash-mark dividers produce an inventive, highly original composition infused with Bessarabia’s romantic blood-red hues and an extraordinary level of artistry and creativity.

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