Beautiful Antique 17th century Transylvanian Rug 70179, Country of Origin: Romania, Circa Date: Second Half of 17th Century – Romania is home to one of the most impressive collections of surviving antique Oriental rugs from the Ottoman Empire. This vibrant antique 17th century carpet is an excellent example of those that survived. Collectively, these antique Romanian rugs are referred to as Transylvanian rugs, because it is here that large collections of them were found. These early rugs have only survived by being used in German Gothic churches throughout Transylvania.
It is estimated that the number of surviving examples of these spectacular antique rugs with their vibrant colors is only in the hundreds. Anatolian carpets are distinguished by their colors, textures, motifs, and weaving techniques. The Ottoman Empire ruled Romania from 1526-1699, which is during the time when this rug was produced.
Transylvanian carpets are often smaller, with borders that contain cartouches filed with counter-changed flowers and plants. The motifs are often angular and large in relation to the overall proportions of the carpet. This a typical characteristic of Anatolian carpets and other textiles. The field of the 17th century rug is filled with geometric motifs such as flowers, lozenges, rosettes, and other traditional Turkish rug design elements.
The colors used in the Transylvanian rugs are striking and make the sections stand out. The fiery red, midnight blue, earthy browns, and ivory create a high contrast that gives each element its own space. The color palette is simple, but the colors are arranged in such a way that they highlight each element of the design by using contrast, creating a truly stunning piece.
The beauty of this antique Romanian rug makes it a wonderful addition to any space, but its rarity makes it an important collector’s rug too. Transylvanian rugs are important for their riveting designs, cultural roots, and historical significance. This is an essential piece for any collection, and it would be the focal point of any interior design.