Out of all the different types of bohemian rugs, here’s one you probably don’t know of: the Moldavian floral rug!
This flat weave kilim rug is hand-woven with simple motifs. The Moldavian kilim rug is different from every other rug thanks to its floral motifs. The density of flowers per square inch will brighten up any gloomy room. You will find a multitude of garden flowers on a Moldavian kilim: lilies, pansies, violets, sunflowers, hydrangeas, lilacs and of course roses of all colours.
The Moldavian kilim is the perfect floral rug.
Just like any bohemian rug, the Moldavian floral rug was handmade. The technique used to make Moldavian kilims is to flat weave the rugs. Flat woven kilims are high quality and thick.
During the winter, these amazing floral rugs were woven by weavers who didn’t work in the fields. Most Moldavian floral rugs were intended for personal use. When they were sold, they were sold at a very expensive price because of the time-consuming work required. Moldavian floral rugs were often given to brides as a dowry. The bride who had several floral rugs as wedding gifts was considered rich.
The Moldavian floral rug was used as a wall decoration. Every respectable peasant had one, one was found in every room. The most beautiful rugs were reserved for reception rooms. As a wall carpet, the Moldavian kilim rug had both a decorative function and was used for thermal insulation. The Moldavian floral rug is woven entirely of wool, which insulates well from the cold.
The weaving of Moldavian floral rugs was observed through the entire territory of the country. Each region developed its own style, its floral motifs and colour specificities. In the south, Moldavian kilim rugs were soberer in terms of the motifs and colours, whereas in the north, kilims had many motifs and colours.
Flowers are the most common motif on Moldavian kilims. We can also find combinations of geometric and floral motifs. There are Moldavian kilims with animal or anthropomorphic motifs. Our collection of Moldavian kilim rugs shows this diversity of motifs.
Our Moldavian floral rugs vary in size. Most are large, 2m x 3m and above. This can be explained by the fact that they were intended to cover the entire main wall of a room. Smaller Moldavian kilim rugs are rare. We have a few in our collection.
Even though they have been around for at least a hundred years, Moldavian floral rugs are new on the home-decorating market. They were discovered fifteen years ago. The interest in these colourful rugs is an opportunity because they are no longer made due to lack of interest in the region and the complexity of the production process.
Thanks to the sudden interest from abroad, many old Moldavian kilims have been restored and given a new lease of life. This is both a preservation of the Moldovan cultural heritage and a sustainable approach.
This virtuous circle was the starting point for the creation of Rugstory, an online shop specialising in Moldavian kilims.
This shop was founded with the desire to offer these floral rugs to a large audience.
The Rugstory team includes people who have a passion for decoration. They see the charm that a Moldavian floral rug can bring to a home, no matter the style. The team has high expectations and offers only exceptional kilims found in Moldavian villages.
Thanks to the lack of intermediaries in the supply chain, Rugstory can offer a wide range of Moldavian kilims at prices below market prices.