Antique Besserabian Carpet, 1900 — Dramatic design, bold color, and strict geometry define this stunning Besserabian carpet. Woven by hand in Eastern Europe in the waning years of Ottoman rule, this impactful antique carpet boasts the sharply detailed geometric floral motifs singular to the region’s beautiful textiles. The piece begins with a bold red-orange frame adorned with golden lettering. This surrounds an earthy, golden border patterned with an exceptionally fine floral design. A dark frame follows, decorated with abstract pastels that are reminiscent of spring flower buds. This softness serves to emphasize the strict geometrical beauty at the tapestry’s heart. A broad diamond-shaped lattice contrasts sharply with the rich crimson base, accentuating the striking pastel hues of the floral motifs. Combining the finest influences of Eastern and Western textile creation, this bold carpet is a truly impactful and commanding statement piece.