Visit Maramures

The land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs


 The women of Maramures have been providing their faimilies, houses and churches with textiles woven during the long winter nights.

Every respectable household keeps a guestroom sheltering the daughter’s dowry with all the clothes and linen she may need for her new beginning. The linen bears intricate patterns and displays various colours, depending on the purpose it serves and their importance. Carpets are designed in intricate geometrical patterns and contrasting colours and their border displays anthropomorphous or human representations such as ‘ soldiers dancing’ and ‘horse and horseman’. Towels are vividly coloured in tones of red against black with large patterns similar to those in the carpets. Bed throws come in two, up to four different colours and authentic textiles are painted in natural tones obtained form plants and tree bark.

In the village of Botiza, women pick flowers, leafs and tree bark during the summer, to be used in the dying of the wool that will later form intricate Christian and heathen carpet motives.