Antique hand woven Romanian carpet rug from Moldavia, Bukovina / 1, 9 meters x 1, 4 meters code 71

Antique hand woven Romanian carpet rug from Moldavia, Bukovina / 1, 9 meters x 1, 4 meters code 71
Hand woven vintage Romanian traditional rug, kilim, two sided carpet. Hand woven with wool on cotton thread foundation. Main colour /background is dark red / burgundy.

Age: 50 - 60 years old

Size: 190 cm x 140 cm or 6. 23 x 4. 60 feet

Those carpets with white tassels are the most dense and heavy carpets from Romania.



Condition: vintage good condition with some irregularities / traces of the wear, also here and there the foundation can be see due to the age of the carpet. Also because it was probably washed in the past, the blue colour was bleeding and here and there, mostly on one of the sides we can see blue stains. I captured the vast majority of the bleeding areas in my photos. Still an wonderful rug and if it will be displayed in a cellar, a restaurant, not in sun light the blue bleeding areas are not noticeable.



Those carpets with white tassels are the most dense and heavy carpets from Romania.

Because of the thinness of their weave, these rugs are often sought as wall hangings and works of art.

The antique rugs from Romania are based on the Bessarabian Kilims. There are three regions in Romania: Moldavia (including Bessarabia, the former Romanian province occupied by Russia after WWII), Oltenia and Transylvania. Moldavian rugs are geometrically designed often utilizing the tree of life symbol. Oltenian carpets often have a black or red background, depicting figures and scenes, reminiscent of Persian miniatures. The last style, those of central Transylvania, is primarily influence by oriental rugs with firm borders and small - stylized flowers, sometimes with birds and animals.



Antique Bessarabian rug in pile technique occupy a unique place among European carpets. Many of the designs are floral patterns made in a naturalistic western style utilizing brown or black ground. But others, particularly flatweaves, reflect the tradition of Turkish kilims from nearby Anatolia, although in a distinctive Bessarbian palette. In either case they are supremely decorative pieces.

Only natural fibers are used in handmade rugs. The most common materials used for the pile are wool and cotton. Traditionally, spinning is done by hand. Several strands of yarn are then plied together so that the resulting yarn is strong enough to be used for weaving.

Sheep wool is the most frequently used pile material in a hand made rug because it is soft, durable, easy to work with and not too expensive. It is less susceptible to dirt than cotton, does not react electrostatically, and insulates against both heat and cold. This combination of characteristics is not found in other natural fibers. Wool comes from the coats of sheep. Natural wool comes in colors of white, brown, fawn, yellow and gray, which are sometimes used directly without going through a dyeing process.

Cotton is used primarily in the foundation, the warps and wefts of rugs. Cotton is stronger than wool, and, when used for the foundation, makes a carpet lie flat on the ground, as it is not as easily distorted as woolen strings.
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