Antique Bessarabian Kilim, Origin: Romania, Circa: Early 20th Century – This dramatic antique Bessarabian kilim depicts a lavish millefleur bouquet with beautifully shaded blossoms and subtly colored foliage that is set over an inky black field. The formal bouquet is surrounded by a gilded architectural frame adorned with feathery acanthus leaves and decorative fleurons. Trailing garlands and delicate floral chains embellish the formal borders and fill the notched coves that complete the decorative composition. This antique Bessarabian Kilim is a stunning example of the ornate European designs that fascinated Romania. The lush floral bouquets, robust colors and exquisite shading epitomize the fantastical European style that Bessarabian rugs are prized for.