Maria şi Iulian Mihalachi Handwoven Rug 1.50x0.65 m - White Outlined Squares - pattern 2

131,58 EUR
With the help of the horizontal loom, Maria Mihalachi weaves plain and colorful carpets embroidered with symbols full of meaning. The fabrics are made out of pure sheep wool or blends (wool with cotton) and the color pigments are made locally respecting secret techniques. Carpets of Moldova are recognised for the intertwined pastel shades, which give them an unique look along with the old and usually inherited motifs, passed down from generation to generation. Moldavian carpets can be either hanged on the wall as decorative pieces or laid on the floor. Our recommendation is to wash it by hand using lukewarm water with some (preferably liquid) detergent for delicates. Dry it away from harsh sunlight and other artificial heaters.
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Maria and Iulian Mihalachi are living in Băltățești, a village from Neamț county in the north-eastern part of Romania. The two spouses are artisans whose work is recognized and appreciated all over the country. The home-made decorative fabrics and traditional masks made by the couple are the most admired objects. Maria Mihalachi, ex engineer and teacher, has taught herself to use the horizontal loom inherited from her grandmother. Maria studied about weaving techniques and ancient Romanian symbols in museums and also directly, by observing women workers who already knew the craft. In time, with her husband’s help and support, the artist built a workshop where she currently creates carpets, tapestries and pouches. On the horizontal loom Maria uses cotton warp and wool weft in creating the fabrics; the wool can be either natural or dyed with natural pigments (obtained by boiling in water different types of leaves, roots or flowers, tree barks or even minerals). The motifs incorporated by Maria in her art are inspired from Neamț, an area in north-eastern Romania; some motifs are reproduced, others are stylized and all of them bear their maker’s personal touch.
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