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Exhibition of Bessarabian carpets inaugurated at Palace of Culture from Iasi, Romania

15:47 | 30.03.2018 Category: Culture

Chisinau, 30 March /MOLDPRES/ - An exhibition of Bessarabian carpets from the heritage of the Chisinau-based National Ethnography and Natural History Museum has been inaugurated at the Palace of Culture from Iasi, Romania, on the last days. The event is dedicated to the Centenary of the Union with Romania.   

According to the organizers, the exhibition comprises 38 carpets (from the heritage of more than 2,000 carpets of the museum) with a big patrimonial value. Most carpets are from the centuries 18 and 19 – a period of maximum flourishing of this sector.   

The purpose and significance of the past times were displayed by university professor Ion H. Ciubotaru, ethnologist Varvara Buzila and the director general of the National Ethnography and Natural History Museum from Chisinau, Petru Vicol.   

Contacted by MOLDPRES, the museum’s director, Petru Vicol, said that the exhibition was mobile. In May-June 2017, this exhibition was staged at the Țării Crișurilor Museum from Oradea, Romania, and in next September, it will be displayed at the Stefan cel Mare Museum Complex from Vaslui, Romania. According to Vicol, besides carpets, also pictures were exhibited, which show the entire process of making carpets, beginning with sheep breeding, processing and dyeing wool and up to carpet weaving. The exhibition is accompanied by a register, in which the most valuable carpets are presented, by describing the elements, the technique of their manufacture.      

During time, the value of Bessarabian carpets has been praised by great personalities of the Romanian culture (Nicolae Iorga, Lucian Blaga, George Oprescu, etc), as well as by specialists from abroad. On 1 December 2016, the traditional techniques of the manufacture of carpets in Romania and Moldova were recorded in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).    

The exhibition will be opened till 24 June.

(Reporter N. Roibu, editor A. Raileanu)


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