Large kilim rugs 160cm x 440cm/5’24”x14’43”
The small springtime motifs of yesteryear are honoured in this large kilim rugs rug with a floral print. This flowery carpet seduces with its concentration of roses per cm2. This large kilim rugs was woven in wool in the middle of the 20th century. Like all the other large kilim rugs in our collection, it is also a unique piece. The main asset of this large kilim rugs is the quality of its finishes obtained through hand weaving.
The Moldavian kilim rug is recognisable by its large floral patterns on a black background and by its very bright colours. The colours of the large kilim rugs in our collection were obtained from natural dyes.
The colours on large kilim rugs woven in the middle of the 20th century were obtained from industrial dyes.
The natural dyes were obtained from decoctions of bark and roots using processes that are now forgotten.
In order to obtain a beautiful pink, one used an onion-based decoction. To obtain a beautiful turquoise, one used a decoction based on walnut bark. The use of plants for dyeing wool was time-consuming. The wool had to soak for a long time in order to absorb the colours.
Industrial dyes were popular as soon as they appeared. They allowed a drastic reduction in the wool dyeing phase. They offered a wider range of colours.
The colours used for weaving a large kilim rugs depended on the region where the carpet was woven. In the north of Moldova people liked bright colours and kilim rugs with floral patterns. In the south of the country, people liked kilim rugs with pastel colours and less floral patterns.
Large kilim rugs were the centrepieces of the wedding trousseau. The price of these carpets was very high. A bride who owned several large kilim rugs was considered rich.
The value of a Moldavian kilim was determined by its size and motif. The flowery carpets were at the top of the scale. Woollen kilim rugs with geometrical patterns were ranked lower.
The weaving of Moldavian kilim rugs had its moment of glory between the beginning of the 20th century and until the 80s. Today, this tradition has almost disappeared due to competition from industrial carpets.
Dimensions of the kilim rug : 160 cm x 440 cm