are from the region of Bessarabia on the Western shore of the Black Sea that has been a part of both Romania and the Ukraine-depending on the political situation. The designs are often floral with elegantly drawn motifs and colors in earth tones. The style shows both French and Oriental influences. Bessarabian rugs rugs are almost always wowen, meaning they have no pile. The rare Bessarabian rug with pile is very valuable. Bessarabian rugs are not as formal as, for example, Savonnerie
or Aubusson rugs.