Early 20th Century Russian Bessarabian Floral Handmade Wool Rug BB7548 10'0" × 11'6" $32,000
The term ‘Bessarabian rugs’ relates to a group of 19th- century pile carpets and flat weaves/kilims made in the mountainous Carpathian region between the Ukraine and Moldova. Although little is known about the circumstances or workshops where these classical European carpets and flat-weaves were fashioned, the output shows a synthesis of local folk motifs and designs inspired by 18th- century French carpets popular at the Russian Court and in aristocratic circles. Bessarabian rugs are easily recognizable thanks to stylized floral patterns executed in a slightly folkloristic and whimsical manner, very often displaying shades of red, beige and green against a dark or simply black background. This vintage Russian rug is a fine example from our collection of early 20th century Russian Bessarabian carpets.
Its black field carries an enlarged leaf and mixed blossom trellis overall, within a black floral spray and scrolling leafy vinery border. This enchanting design is complemented by impeccable workmanship. The antique Bessarabian rug’s body was carefully hand-knotted out of the finest wool which ensured its longevity. If maintained properly, this Russian rug will withstand years of usage without any signs of wear.
Early 20th Century Russian Bessarabian Floral Handmade Wool Rug BB7548