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Antique Bessarabian Kilim

Circa 1910
193 × 128 cm 6’3” x 4’2”


Such a pretty and rare small Bessarabian Kilim, circa 1910 with a gentle light purple/mauve background colour, soft greens and an off-white grey border.  The well spaced out floral pattern is quite beautiful.  In lovely original condition, with just a tiny bit of dye bleed from the orange dye in the border, which is barely noticeable. A very attractive little Kilim though, which sitting on our underlay would stop it from moving on the floor and preserve it too.

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.

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