Wall-carpet craftsmanship on UNESCO cultural heritage list at the proposal of Romania and Moldova
On December 1, Romania’s national day, UNESCO has decided to include in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity the traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship, along with eleven other issues worldwide. It is the second time Moldova has entered in the UNESCO patrimony.
"Traditionally, wall carpets produced by weaver communities of Romania and the Republic of Moldova were used for decoration, funerals, exhibitions and as part of a bride’s dowry. These days, they are mainly appreciated as works of art. Techniques have changed from vertical/horizontal looms practiced in some parts to tight picking and other forms, with weavers now able to work from home. An expression of creativity, identity and tool for social cohesion, it is passed on within families and by craft centres and colleges," the UNESCO website reads.
On the list of Intangible Heritage List, Moldova was also inscribed in 2013 with Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritual (file jointly with Romania).