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Antique Bessarabian Kilim

Circa 1900
270 × 180 cm 8’10” x 5’10”
£9,500
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Description

A pale blue ocean background on this antique Bessarabian Kilim woven around 1890-1900 in wonderful original condition. Stunning watery pale blue background, with floating floral design.  Bessarabian rugs and carpets are the commonly given name for rugs in pile and tapestry technique originating in Russian provinces as well as 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.

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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.

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.  An exceptional example and with our underlay this would sit happily on a wood floor, tiles or fitted carpet.

Please contact us to request a home visit, we love to travel and help customers find the perfect rug for their home.  It is a free, no obligation service we have offered for over 25 years of business.

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