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Antique Bessarabian Kilim

Circa 1890
264 × 180 cm 8’7” x 5’10”


An elegant pale blue ocean background on this antique Bessarabian Kilim woven around 1890-1900 in lovely original condition. Stunning watery pale blue background, with floating floral design.  Also in the border you can see subtle changes in the pale blue dyes, the technique they use to weave allows them to try and create a water effect.  The flowers are truly beautiful using greens, reds and pinks.  Supplied with our anti-slip underlay this can be laid on any floor type.

Bessarabian rugs and carpets are the commonly given name for rugs in pile and tapestry technique originating in Ukraine and Moldova during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Some scholars will classify flat-woven carpets as Bessarabian, while referring to knotted-pile carpets as Ukrainian. They are predominantly from an area corresponding to modern Bulgaria and Romania. Produced under late Ottoman rule, they stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental carpet weaving.

Please contact us to request a home visit, we love to travel all over the UK, we would be very happy to visit you with this antique kilim soon.  A free, no obligation service we have offered for over 30 years of business.

We will donate 10% from the sale of any of our antique Bessarabian Kilims to the Unicef Charity – To Protect Children In Ukraine.

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Carpets and kilims were woven with sheep wool on the vertical or horizontal looms; sometimes hemp or flax was used for the base. Woolen yarn was dyed with natural dyes from local plants and insects. A group of kilims with floral patterns were produced from central regions of Ukraine (Poltava, Kyiv, Chernihiv) Ornament consists of images of flowers, more or less stylized or branches with flowers arranged rhythmically or related to the overall pattern.

We love how the background of these Kilims have almost a wave like effect, look closely at the image to see this clever weaving technique in the pale blues and the subtle varieties of blue dye.  There is also some additional great dyes such as the pink and red tones with yellows and earth greens.

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