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The Romanian Traditional Carpets, Wall Hangings and Kilims from Oltenia

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The Romanian Traditional Carpets, Wall Hangings and Kilims from Oltenia

Beauty and utility are profoundly intertwined within a Romanian homestead. The typical zest for living flows from a setting where aesthetics and usability work together to make  life more vivid and enjoyable, pointing out a way of  thinking and underlying needs.

The essential elements of traditional interior design from Oltenia are the traditional carpets, scoarţe and kilims.

Traditional Carpets
Source: Muzeul Olteniei

Romanian carpets from Oltenia bear a wide variety of motifs, prominent among them horses and riders, roosters, dolls, cuckoos, stags and other various symbols. Hemp or cotton is used for the warp and wool for the weft, painted in a few predominant colors, usually deep blue, pastel green, yellow,  burgundy red.

Romanian Carpets
Source: Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage

Weavers from Oltenia have proven talent and imagination with kilim weaving arts. A kilim is a pileless, hand-woven, flatweave traditional rug. Kilim designs are made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flatweave.

Karamani Weaving
Slitweave Source: Mobila.com
Kilim Weaving
Curved Weft Source: Mobila.com

The slitweave and curved weft are some of the weaving techniques employed. The slit refers to the gap left between two blocks of color.

Romanian Traditional Carpets
Source: Romania.ici

Scoarţe are some long and narrow wool carpets used for wall hangings, often displayed in the clean room (guest room, camera bună, casea mare). The clean room is unused during the year, except for  holidays, when guests are invited for dinner , or during ceremonial rites, such as baptism,marriage, funerals. A number of common motifs and designs found in Oltenia scoarţe are vegetal (phytomorphic), as well as geometric motifs and gemotrized avimorphic (birds) zoomorphic (animals) and anthropomorphic (human) shapes. Most common motifs include stylized leafs, fir branches, tulips, trees.

Traditional Carpets
Source: Romania.ici
Romanian Carpets
Source: Romania.ici
Traditional Carpets
Source: Romania.Ici
Kilim Rug
Source: Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Kilim Rug
Source: Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Kilim Carpet
Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Romanian Carpet
Source: Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Kilim Carpets
Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Traditional Carpets
Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage
Traditional Chilim
Source: Mobile Cultural Objects Listed in the National Cultural Heritage

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