Bessarabian Kilim rugs are some of the most beautiful carpets ever been produced in Europe both in terms of pile and tapestry weaving technique. Many of the Bessarabian Kilims were woven around the mid to late 19th century, though some do date back to the 18th century. This production that carried into the early twentieth century under late Ottoman Turkish rule in what is now modern Bulgaria and Romania, and stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental carpet weaving. Many of the designs are floral patterns made in a naturalistic western style using brown or black background, like certain Karabaghs from the Caucauses. But others, particularly flat weaves, reflect the tradition of Turkish kilims from nearby Anatolia, although in a distinctive Bessarabian palette. In either case they are sublime decorative rugs.