Beautiful Antique 17th century Transylvanian Rug 70331, Country of Origin: West Anatolia / Romania, Circa Date: 17th Century – This exquisite piece is a beautiful work of art from Transylvania in the 17th century. The design of the rug is a mihrab or prayer niche. The prayer niche is surrounded by beautiful, classic Romanian and eastern European motifs. It is in an exceptional state of preservation for its age and reflects a rare and unique find.
Transylvania’s location made it an important center for trade between the east and west. Merchants frequented the area with goods from all over Europe, the Near East, and Asia. Many of these pieces were donated to churches, which accounts for their fine state of preservation.
The end of the 19th century saw a resurgence in the popularity of these carpets. Even though they are used in Muslim prayers, a large number of them were found in Protestant churches. They were featured in major art exhibitions, and this once-neglected category of rugs became highly collectible. At that time, parishes who were desperately in need of cash began selling them to keep afloat.
Transylvanian rugs are exceptionally well-made and show the artistry of the Romanian weavers. Many of the designs are similar to Anatolian rugs, but they also have a distinctly Romanian character. They use bright colors and have a pastoral charm.
This beautiful antique rug has colors that are bright and vibrant. It features florals and geometrics that are arranged in vertical symmetry. The carpet has a balanced feel both in the design and colors. It is energetic and vibrant with large motifs that give it a tribal feel. This carpet deserves a special place in a collection where it will be treasured for many years to come. It has a formal elegance that made Transylvanian rugs popular, and it also has a bit to tribal influence, too. Transylvanian rugs are special, and this piece is an exceptionally rare and exquisite piece.
This piece has a serrated leaf and carnation spandrel design contrasted with a stepped, undecorated prayer niche. It is in immaculate condition. The wide decorated yellow border contrasts with the red field. The decorated border includes a sickle leaf, hyacinth, and tulip floral spray. Those are interspersed with palmettes and pine cone shapes. It is an absolutely stunning example of weaving from this time period.