We’ve collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project!
21). David Easton’s Custom Asmara Bessarabian Rug
(97 Pins 6 Likes 103 Boards) In this Dallas living room, Asmara was asked by David Easton to create this custom Bessarabian rug. The rug contains over 600 colors and was made in 6 months. Image courtesy David Easton, Inc.
20). Susan Zises Green’s Townhouse
(103 Pins 15 Likes 118 Boards) Susan Zises Green has hosted many tea parties on this Bessarabian rug with a palette of cream, dark brown, red and green. Image courtesy of Colleen Duffley for Traditional Home magazine.
The Asmara Canterbury Bessarabian pile rug in vibrant blue, red, green, yellow and dark brown. Eric Guenther’s guest bedroom in Southern California. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
19). The Dining Room at Leeds Castle
(114 Pins 19 Likes 133 Boards) Leeds Castle resides on 500 acres of beautiful London countryside. It was once owned by Lady Olive Baillie, a famous fashion celebrity of pre-World War II England. In the dining room she used an oversized Bessarabian rug with pink flowers surrounded in ivory on an espresso background. At one point this rug was duplicated and used in the White House. Image courtesy of James Archer Abbott.
18). Dallas Residence
(129 Pins 16 Likes 145 Boards) In this Highland Park residence in Dallas, interior designer Josie McCarthy uses a Bessarabian rug with rich patterns to energize her client’s traditional living room. Image courtesy of Josie McCarthy Associates.
17). Midtown Penthouse
(158 Pins 19 Likes 177 Boards) For over 50 years Mario Buatta has been designing luxurious spaces for American royalty. Mario included this black, cream, orange and red Bessarabian rug for his clients Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur L. Ross Jr. Image courtesy of Josie McCarthy Associates.
16). Wood-Paneled Library
(166 Pins 17 Likes 183 Boards) Janet Simon designed this neo-Georgian estate 30 miles northwest of New York City. The library, clearly a tempation for the dogs, uses a multi-colored Bessarabian rug to juxtapose the wood paneling. Image courtesy of Traditional Home magazine.
15). The Sedman House
(203 Pins 20 Likes 224 Boards) Built in 1873, the Sedman House was actually moved 1.5 miles to Nevada City for preservation. The house was built by rancher, gold miner and legislator Oscar Sedman. His Victorian Era living room features a Bessarabian rug with red, neutrals and cream. Image courtesy of Tom Dempsey/PhotoSeek.
The Asmara Bessarabian C rug is handmade in fine wool. By dyeing five types of wool with ancient French methods, this handmade Bessarabian flatweave rug has thousands of subtle variations in colors and texture similar to antique Bessarabian rugs. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
14). Hollywood Hills
(242 Pins 48 Likes 290 Boards) Prominent LA decorator Michael S. Smith designed this Hollywood Hills house for two real estate super brokers. In their living room he used a multi-colored Bessarabian rug that bounces off the pale blue wall covering in the adjoining room. Image courtesy of Town & Country magazine.
The Asmara Moldova Bessarabian needlepoint rug was inspired by an antique Bessarabian rug used in a living room designed by Bunny Williams. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
13). Elettra Wiedemann’s New York Apartment
(246 Pins 37 Likes 283 Boards) Executive food editor and fashion model Elettra Wiedemann went with a bright floral Bessarabian rug to take center stage in her main living area where she frequently has dinner parties and dancing. Image courtesy of Claiborne Swanson Frank/Vogue.
12). Mississippi Home
(352 Pins 25 Likes 377 Boards) Richard Keith Langham uses pickled cypress wall paneling and a decorative Bessarabian rug in this Mississippi home, which had gone through major structural damage during a hurricane. Image courtesy of Architectural Digest.
The Asmara Pomegranate Bessarabian rug is handmade in fine wool. The lyrical vines and blossoms are in subtle shades of golden greens, coral and pomegranite on a taupe-beige background. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
11). Turville Grange
(417 Pins 79 Likes 550 Boards) Renzo Mongiardino selected a cream, black, gold and green Bessarabian rug to anchor the floral wall coverings in the entrance of Turville Grange. Lee Radziwill shared her English county manor house in Buckinghamshire with her second husband, Polish nobleman Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwill. Image courtesy of Antoine Bootz; Horst/Vogue.
10). Duke of Windsor’s French Retreat
(451 Pins 49 Likes 500 Boards) The House of Windsor is located just outside of Paris and was the retreat for the Duke of Windsor. The boudoir features velvet gold armchairs and curtains with a large Bessarabian rug filled with pink and cream florals on a black background. Image courtesy of Fritz von der Schulenburg.
9). Old Drawing Room
(518 Pins 57 Likes 575 Boards) The country residence of the Russian imperial family, which took approximately 45 years to complete, is your classic royal interior of the late 18th century. The Old Drawing Room includes an incredibly detailed custom Bessarabian rug that is as lively as the hung Gobelin tapestry from the cartoons of Alexandre-Francois Desportes. Image courtesy of Anatoli Michailovich Kuchumov.
8). Jayne Wrightsman’s London Duplex
(551 Pins 66 Likes 617 Boards) The illustrious design firm Jansen selected a cream, peach and brown Bessarabian rug in the library of American fine arts collector Jayne Wrightsman. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.
7). Guy Morrison’s Front Hall
(609 Pins 95 Likes 704 Boards) Built in Wales in 1790, the front hall was redone by art dealer Guy Morrison with a Downton Abbey style—reinforced with an antique Bessarabian rug. Image courtesy of Quintessence.
6). Dracula’s Castle In Transylvania
(618 Pins 114 Likes 732 Boards) This is one of the bedrooms of Vlad the Impaler, which includes a magnificent hand-carved bed along with a vibrant custom Bessarabian rug to brighten the dark decor. Image courtesy of topdreamer.com.
5). The Little Lantern
(817 Pins 126 Likes 944 Boards) Built in 1807, the Little Lattern functioned as a library for the Russian imperial family and was lauded for its early 19th century interior design. Gold, red and cream medallions grace a Bessarabian rug that connects this interior with the lush private gardens outside. Image courtesy of Anatoli Michailovich Kuchumov.
4). The Mysterious Bessarabian Rug in Brooke Astor’s Library
(884 Pins 103 Likes 987 Boards) This red, gold, green and black Bessarabian rug was chosen by Sister Parish for the drawing room that Albert Hadley redesigned into his famous library. Mysteriously, this Bessarabian rug was not part of Sotheby’s Brooke Astor estate sale. Rumors say the Bessarabian rug could have been sold years prior to the estate sale along with other fine art. Image courtesy of The Devoted Classist.
The Asmara Hermitage Bessarabian pile rug was inspired by an antique Bessarabian rug Asmara Founder Abid Ilahi saw in a Sotheby’s or Christies auction. It has a striking similarity to Brooke Astor’s Bessarabian rug, but at the time Abid was unaware of Brooke Astor’s famous library. Half of the floral medallions in the antique Bessarabian rug were replaced with geometrical motifs to create a more balanced design. The Hermitage Bessarabian rug is also available as a needlepoint rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
3). Lee Radziwill’s Park Avenue Apartment
(1,100 Pins 128 Likes 1,228 Boards) After her divorce from Stanislaw Radziwill in 1974, Lee Radziwill moved from her Fifth Avenue penthouse to this smaller apartment on Park Avenue. The black, cream and gold Bessarabian rug, the Regency dining table and the Duke of Beaufort botanicals reminded Lee of Turville Grange—her English country manor house. Image courtesy of Cote deTexas.
2). Patricia Altschul’s Fifth Avenue Apartment
(1,200 Pins 138 Likes 1,338 Boards) Mario Buatta designed this fabulous traditional living room for American socialite Patricia Altschul. Mario selected an oversized Bessarabian rug with a neutral background to connect with the sofa and wall treatments. Image courtesy of Artie Vanderpool.
1). British Colonial
(2,700 Pins 350 Likes 3,050 Boards) A gorgeous British Colonial living room with a feminine touch. A cream and neutral Bessarabian rug blends in perfectly with the olive wall covering and calm furnishings. Image courtesy of Architectural Digest.