Odessa: E.I.Fesenko, 1902. 15 leaves: ill. 44,5x30,5 cm. Original publisher’s wrappers. Small losses of paper of the front wrapper. The front wrapper is slightly foxed, otherwise very good.
Rare. Not found in the Worldcat.
The book features 15 full-page chromolithographic schemes of rugs with small captions. All of them are from the collection of Vladimir Arbuzov who gathered them in the different parts of Bessarabia.
Bessarabia passed successively, from the 15th to 20th century, to Moldavia, the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Romania, the Soviet Union, and Ukraine and back to Moldova. It absorbed customs and traditions of different cultures. Standing right on the cusp of European and Oriental carpet weaving, folk art featured a synthesis of motifs and designs. Rugs and carpets of this region were highly decorative, regarded as some of the most beautiful carpets produced in Europe.