Vintage kilim rugs 160cm x 235cm/5’24″x7’71”


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The small springtime motifs of yesteryear are honoured in this vintage kilim rug with a geometric print. This geometric kilim rug seduces with its colours. This vintage kilim rug was woven in wool in the middle of the 20th century. Like all the other kilims in our collection, it is also a unique piece. The main asset of this vintage kilim rug 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 vintage kilim rugs in our collection were obtained from natural dyes.

The colours on vintage 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 kilim rug depended on the region where the kilim was woven. In the north of Moldova people liked bright colours and carpets with floral patterns. In the south of the country, people liked carpets with pastel colours and less floral patterns.

Moldavian vintage kilim rugs were the centrepieces of the wedding trousseau. The price of these vintage kilim rugs was very high. A bride who owned several kilims was considered rich.

The value of a Moldavian kilim rug was determined by its size and motif. The flowery kilim rugs 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 vintage kilim rugs : 160cm x 235cm/5’24″x7’71”