Romanian Textiles

Rose embroidery, rose rug/textiles

As usual I have a touch of the traveling bug. It's been a couple months since we went on our last adventure and cold days cooped up inside are aggravating the situation. To fulfill my thirst I've been doing some internet travel stalking and it has been taking me to Europe a lot lately. Though I don't see a plane ride of that length in my near future, I am becoming bewitched by the stunning landscapes and charming villages of Romania, Croatia, Poland and surrounding countries. In particular I'm digging the local art scene. The bold and beautiful Romanian textiles above all.
Many of the rural communities there are like taking a step back in time. The homes often look like something out of a fairy tale. Furnishings and homes are still handcrafted with care. Color is no stranger, in some cases every single available surface is adorned in some artful way. In my searches I came upon this quote on the subject of traditional Romanian arts and crafts~

“What is that impulse, that irresistible force which will not let the peasant rest content with the merely useful, but drives him to seek the best proportioned and most harmonious forms that appeal to the eye by color and line, are pleasant to the touch and produce that rare sense of contentment, poise of mind and joy which characterize aesthetic enjoyment?  (Peasant Art in Romania, by George Oprescu, 1929)

What Indeed?
Geometric/Rose Rugs & Textiles

Textiles being a favorite subject of mine, these interiors are flooding me with inspiration. Romanian woman are accomplished weavers, some weaving their signature patterns from threads they spun themselves; hand dyed from the wool of the sheep on their own farm. The patterns and colors used are specific to particular families and regions, none exactly alike. In many homes, every single available piece of cloth has been embroidered with vibrant patterns. Pillowcases, tablecloths, towels and bedspreads are openly displayed so that visitors may enjoy them.

Romanian Embroidery

Traditional Romanian Home & Textile Display

The nearly neon tapestry used on the rugs and floors are my favorite. The rose being my signature stamp, I especially gravitate to the pieces with the giant rose patterns. I love how some of them have a somewhat pixelated and graphic nature to them. Romania has officially taken up residence as my new favorite region for folkart. What about you? Do you have a favorite of your own?

*On the subject of roses, I think I will follow up with some posts of the romantic nature until V-Day hits. I've got a DIY for you, some amazing chocolate treat recipes and some general pink and red and love all over themed thangs to share with ya'll.

** When I say love, I don't just mean in the Valentines Day, greeting card corny couple type love. I mean just LOVE in general. Self love  {we all need more of that},  baby/kiddo love,  Mamma love,  BFF love,   puppy love,  Mother Earth love.  Whatever love.  Just Love.  Ya feel me?


1 comment:

  1. wow....those roses are almost psychedelic!


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