Collecting & Connoisseurship

The Joy of Collecting Antique Art Rugs



Antique Caucasian rugs with their unique abstract aesthetic offer a variety of design styles for display throughout the home.

Antique Caucasian rugs with their unique abstract aesthetic offer a variety of design styles for display throughout the home.

Recognizing that their rugs are true works of art that can never be reproduced, many clients are assembling family collections of carpets of substantial rarity and uniqueness, such as those featured in this collection.

There has always been an intimate, impassioned group of connoisseurs internationally who recognize the unique artistry of the finest antique Oriental rugs. Over the last several decades, this appreciation has steadily grown, as new generations of enthusiasts discovered these exceptional weavings. As a result, the availability of the crème de la crème of antique rugs is significantly diminishing.

The best 19th century rugs are “undiscovered art” that remain dramatically undervalued relative to other forms, presenting a window of opportunity for collectors and investors that will not remain open indefinitely. Art-level 19th century rugs are on the cusp of being recognized as world-class works of art.

In just the last three years, Claremont president Jan David Winitz has been featured in 23 articles in prestigious publications culminating in a two-page report “The Rug Market Takes Flight” in The Wall Street Journal. We have connoisseur-clients based around the world, from Europe and South America to Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Many of these clients are assembling substantial collections, which they plan to strategically hold onto until the great intrinsic value of their rugs is universally acknowledged. Along with decorating their floors, they hang rug on their walls, put them under glass on tabletops and rotate pieces in use with others in storage. Their carpets, like all real art, bring a visceral and emotional satisfaction. In their presence, time seems to stand still, providing an antidote to the complexity of modern life.

Jan David Winitz, President and Founder of Claremont Rug Company in Oakland, CA, has built a global reputation among carpet collectors and connoisseurs since he founded the company at age 25 in 1980.