An Extremely Artistic Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim and Tapestry Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Romanian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – Bessarabia lies at the intersection between western Europe and the orient in what is currently Moldavia. Artwork from the area shows the influence of both western European and oriental cultural influences. This beautiful antique Romanian kilim is an excellent example dating from around the turn of the 20th century.
Perhaps what is most unusual characteristic of this design is that the artist uses not only the horizontal plane but weaves the design in a way so that it appears to go underneath the antique Romanian Bessarabian kilim and then emerge again in the center. You can see this if you follow the vine. It appears to originate in the lower right corner, then disappears and reemerges in the center, where the flowers terminate. The red border also gives a similar effect in the upper left corner surrounding the horse and rider.
Another interesting characteristic of the tapestry like flat weave rug is the subject matter itself. The antique rug features a horse and rider. The rider is using a spear to hunt an animal. Hunting was an activity that indicated royalty and wealth. To further support this, the clothing of the rider and the trappings of the horse also indicate a person of wealth. This would suggest that the antique Romanian Bessarabian kilim was created for someone of the upper class, probably on commission.
The artist chose to place the focal point of the Bessarabian kilim in the upper left hand corner, rather than in a central location as one would expect. All elements support this placement and draw attention to it, including the direction and placement of the vine work and red geometric border.
The unusual placement of the focal point of the Romanian tapestry rug, as well as the use of 3D space in the design makes this piece a rare treasure. It makes ample use of white space and would make an excellent rare piece any collection.