Rare Antique Bessarabian Kilim


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Object Description

There are few words that can truly capture the sheer beauty and magnificence of this antique Bessarabian Kilim. This exquisite piece of art is a testament to the rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship of the Bessarabian region, which encompasses parts of modern-day Moldova, Ukraine, and Romania. Every intricate detail and vibrant colour woven into this kilim tells a story of the skilled hands that created it, making it a truly remarkable work of art. We have not encountered a kilim from this region in this large-scale size before and with this unique design, a true one of a kind.

This Bessarabian Kilim is a masterpiece that effortlessly combines traditional motifs and patterns with a unique blend of Eastern and Western modern influences. Its design features floral motifs, over-lapping paisley motifs, bursting leaves, and a fascinating flowing border, all meticulously woven with a harmonious colour palette. The vibrant hues of red, blue, green, and gold create a mesmerising visual feast for the eyes, evoking a sense of warmth, elegance, and sophistication. The deep black background used for both main background and border allow the dyes and pattern to create a work of art.

What sets the Bessarabian Kilim apart from other textiles is not only its aesthetic appeal but also its exceptional quality. These kilims are hand-woven using the finest wool or silk threads, ensuring durability and longevity. The attention to detail and precision in the weaving process is evident in the intricate patterns and the seamless blending of colours. Each kilim is a labor of love, taking months or even years to complete, resulting in a truly unique and irreplaceable piece of art.

Attempting to describe the beauty and allure of this Kilim is a daunting task, as there simply are not enough superlatives to do it justice. Its sheer elegance and timeless appeal make it a coveted collectors item and a cherished heirloom. Whether displayed on a wall, adorning a floor, or draped over a piece of furniture, the Bessarabian Kilim adds a touch of sophistication and cultural richness to any space.

Its intricate design, vibrant colours, and exceptional craftsmanship make it a truly remarkable work of art. The fusion of Eastern and Western influences, combined with the skilled hands that bring it to life, create a textile that is unparalleled in its beauty and allure. It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Bessarabian region.

While most Persian carpets can be classified to a specific region corresponding to their weave, this is not the case with Bessarabian carpets and rugs. With these rugs, the weave only gives clues about the market it was created for (rural or urban); therefore, a normal classification is disregarded and the broader term, “Bessarabian”, is applied.

Object History

From a private collection.

Object Literature

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.

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Object Condition

Exceptional, in almost perfect condition, it has been used in a private collection but loved and looked after.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1252 851215

Dealer Location

The Old Parsonage
Church Street
GU10 5QQ

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