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Antique Bessarabian Kilim

Circa 1890
272 x 183 cm 8’11” x 6’
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An amazing and incredibly rare green background antique Bessarabian Kilim woven around 1890-1900 in near perfect condition. We have never seen an antique Bessarabian with this green colour and it is really beautiful!  Even more so seen with the human eye, as we take photographs in natural light but it does not always do the piece justice.  The border colour background is a pale blue/grey and compliments the main dyes of green, pink and red.  The flowers have been woven expertly and on the background of green work so well to create a highly collectable and decorative antique kilim.

Condition is as near to perfect, no wear or damage to speak of. Supplied with our anti-slip underlay this can be laid on any floor type and helps keep them secure and safe.

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. 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 rare antique kilim.  A free, no obligation service we have offered for over 30 years of business.

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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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