Antique Russian Bessarabian Carpet (fragment) BB4431 8'4" × 8'6" $18,000
A mid 19th century Russian Bessarabian carpet fragment having an unusual overall stepped lattice formed of tobacco-colored vines creating l-shapes and diamonds containing floral motifs in a palette of red, beige, brown and pink.
Rug production was introduced to Europe by the Moors of Spain between the eighth and thirteenth centuries. While antique oriental rugs initially had a significant influence on antique European carpets designs, various regions came to develop their own unique styles and techniques over time. In France, starting in the seventeenth century, factories in Savonnerie and Aubusson began producing some of the most exceptional rugs of the last few centuries. From 1660 until 1743 Savonnerie was a manufacture royal, carrying out commissions for pile rugs and carpets specifically designed for the Royal Palaces. In England, high-quality rug production in the town of Axminster in the late 18th century gradually paved the way for the Arts and Crafts rugs in the late nineteenth century when William Morris designed a pattern for an Axminster rug.
Antique Russian Bessarabian Carpet (fragment) BB4431