Antique Bessarabian Kilim Rug, Origin: Romania, Circa: Early 19th Century - This elegant antique Bessarabian kilim displays a stunning Romanian interpretation of the lavish neoclassical designs that ruled European trends for centuries. Grand circular medallions decked with floriferous garlands and dimensionally shaded architectural ornaments emblazon the narrow, well-coffered field. Sweeping acanthus leaves and laurel-leaf garlands incorporate breathtaking flat-weave shadows and painterly details that epitomize the neoclassical style. A triumvirate of softly colored and impeccably executed floral garlands frames the lavish medallion-spangled field and emphasizes the formal, well-developed composition. Individually outlined petals, delicately shaded leaflets and feathered tulips with texturally shaded petals soften the inanimate architectural figures and give the composition a sense of vigor and abundance. Crafted during the 1800s, this incomparable antique Bessarabian rug is a compelling artistic achievement filled with luxurious details and artistic subtleties that are truly wondrous.