Jan David Winitz, President

Jan David Winitz, President


Jan David Winitz, founder of Claremont Rug Company, an Oakland, California-based art dealer who specializes in connoisseur-level to museum-caliber 19th century Oriental rugs. He is the author of The Guide to Purchasing an Oriental Rug.   In the collecting world, he is acknowledged as having elevated the status of rugs from the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving (ca 1800 to ca 1910) from a decorative craft to an art, recognized for their masterful color and design, cultural significance, symbolism, and importance as an influencer of other art forms.

Inspired by a family member’s collection of Near Eastern rugs, he acquired his first antique carpet while still in high school. Later, during the three years he spent as a high-school English teacher, he sold rugs privately. Then in 1980, at the age of 25, he gave up teaching to found Claremont Rug Company with his wife Christine Hunt Winitz, in a small storefront building in Oakland, California with the goal of presenting antique carpets to the public as, “works of art comparable to those usually displayed on the wall.”

 A frequent lecturer, Winitz is credited with raising the critical opinion about vintage Oriental carpets from that of a craft to a collectible art form, investment, and tangible asset. His clients include Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, motion picture executives, rock music stars and classical musicians, Nobel Prize winners and several dozen Forbes 400 List billionaires based in more than a dozen countries, as well as throughout the U.S. In 2009, The Robb Report named Winitz and his gallery as the “Best of the Best,” in its Antiques category.  It was the first and only time that a rug purveyor has been selected for the accolade.

2016 Year-End Overview: Retooling Claremont for the 21st CenturyNew

  • In his annual year-end overview, Claremont President and Founder Jan David Winitz discusses trends and changes in the antique rug market in 2016

A Basic Primer for Buying an Oriental Rug (AXA Art)

  • In this article, Claremont Rug Company’s Jan David Winitz explains what to look for when purchasing Persian antique rugs and Caucasian tribal rugs.

9-Point Methodology for Evaluating Antique Oriental Rugs

  • In this article Jan David Winitz explains in depth his 9-point method for evaluating antique rugs

The Sum of the Parts (Private Air, Luxury Homes)

  • In this interview with Private Air Luxury Homes, Jan David Winitz discusses what to look for when purchasing antique Persian rugs and Caucasian rugs

The Rug Pyramid: A Practical Guide to Determining the Right Oriental Rugs for You (Private Air, Luxury Homes)

  • Jan David Winitz of Claremont Rug Company shares his Rug Pyramid, a way to understand the Oriental rug market and find everyone the right Persian rug

Passion and Practicality: The Many Faces of the Modern Collector (Chubb Collectors)

  • Claremont Rug Company President Jan David Winitz discusses the types of collectors interested in art-level Oriental rugs in this Chubb Collectors article

Subtle Elegance- Exquisite Art Carpets in Understated Tones

  • In this article Jan David Winitz discusses Claremont’s extensive collection of collector caliber antique rugs in subtle, understated hues

Building a Collection of Antique Art Rugs

  • This piece by Jan David Winitz discusses the types of collectors of antique art rugs and varying collecting styles

Increasing Appreciation of Antique Oriental Rugs in the Art World

  • In this article, Claremont President Jan David Winitz discusses the increasing demand for antique Oriental rugs as their profile rises as works of fine art

Antique Oriental Rugs: The Writing is on the Wall (Chubb Collectors)

  • Jan David Winitz looks at the increasing use of antique rugs as wall art and art investment pieces in this article from Chubb Collectors

Knowing Your Art Deeply and the Fruits That it Yields (Chubb Collectors)

  • In this article from Chubb Collectors Claremont’s Jan David Winitz looks at the connection collectors and connoisseurs build with their art rug collections and how it enriches the way they interact with their pieces

President Jan David Winitz on Claremont Rug Company’s Misson (Art Daily)

  • Jan David Winitz discusses rug market trends and Claremont Rug Company with Art Daily

The Oriental Rug Pyramid (Chubb Collectors)

  • Jan David Winitz introduces the reader to his proprietary Oriental Rug Market in this article from Chubb Collectors

Grand 19th Century Oriental Rugs Find a Home in 21st Century Art Collections (Chubb Collectors)

  • In this piece from Chubb Collectors, Jan David Winitz explores the role of antique rugs in the homes and collections of modern art collectors

Antique Persian and Tribal Rugs as an Art Investment

  • Jan David Winitz explains the rising trend of antique Persian rugs and Caucasian Tribal rugs as art investments and the characteristics connoisseurs look for when purchasing investment pieces

How to Look at an Antique Rug

  • Claremont Founder Jan David Winitz explains what to look for when examining an antique rug, highlighting the features that make an antique rug a work of art

Using Catalogs to Educate and Inspire (Carpet XL)

  • Jan David Winitz discusses the importance of a high quality catalog as an educational tool and the process of creating one at Claremont Rug Company

The Heart and Mind of the Collector (AXA Art)

  • In this article from Axa, Jan David Wintiz looks at the psyche of the dedicated collectors of antique Persian rugs

Art Level Antique Rugs & How to Recognize Them (Chubb Collectors)

  • Jan Winitz discusses what sets art-level rugs apart from the rest in this insightful article and looks at several regions known for producing these rare works in this article from Chubb Collectors

World Record Shattered by Historic Kirman Vase Rug

  • Jan David weighs in on Sotheby’s record-breaking sale of the Sickle-Leaf carpet

Symbolism and Tribal Cosmology in Antique Caucasian Rugs, Part I (Carpet Collector)

  • Part 1 of a 4 part write-up in Carpet Collector Magazine that takes an in-depth look at the symbolism of motifs found in 19th century Caucasian rugs.

Symbolism and Tribal Cosmology in Antique Caucasian Rugs Part II, Animals & Birds (Carpet Collector)

  • Part 2 of a 4 part write-up in Carpet Collector Magazine that takes an in-depth look at the symbolism of motifs found in 19th century Caucasian rugs.

Symbolism and Tribal Cosmology in Antique Caucasian Rugs, Part III, Inner Strength & Integrity (Carpet Collector)

  • Part 3 of a 4 part write-up in Carpet Collector Magazine that takes an in-depth look at the symbolism of motifs found in 19th century Caucasian rugs.

Symbolism and Tribal Cosmology in Antique Caucasian Rugs, Part IV, An Impression of Universal Balance and Harmony (Carpet Collector)

  • Part 4 of a 4 part write-up in Carpet Collector Magazine that takes an in-depth look at the symbolism of motifs found in 19th century Caucasian rugs.

Q & A with President Jan David Winitz, Part 1 (Art Daily)

  • This is the first of a two part interview with Claremont Rug Company’s President, Jan David Winitz, about antique Oriental rugs & antique Persian carpets.

Q & A with President Jan David Winitz, Part 2 (Art Daily)

  • This is the second in a series of interviews with Claremont Rug Company’s President, Jan David Winitz, about antique Oriental rugs and Persian carpets.