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Claremont Rug Company Acquires Trove of 19th Century Oriental Rugs for Private Sale


Globally prominent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” has announced the acquisition of an important private collection from a Silicon Valley-based collector.

The “Silicon Valley Collection,” built over nearly four decades, contains more than 100 “world class” rugs, some of which were woven in the first half of the 19th century. Prior to the acquisition, the rugs were displayed in a family home in the Silicon Valley, at a family compound in the Northern Rockies and in a residence near Harvard, his alma mater.

KARACHOV KAZAK, Southern Central Caucasian

Caucasian Karachov Kazak, 5ft 5in x 7ft 1in, circa 1850

Winitz said the Collection will be offered exclusively through a “client-only exhibition” on the Gallery’s website. “Because our clients reside on five continents,” said Winitz, “most of the rugs will be placed by private consultations with me and my senior sales staff, fittingly, over the Internet.”

The Silicon Valley Collection is extremely wide ranging in type and size, encompassing astutely chosen tribal, village and city rugs. Some of the focal points are unique Caucasian rugs and outstanding smaller rugs in sought after styles, including Ferahan and Motasham Kashan.

With three significant homes to furnish, the couple acquired numerous high decorative to high-collectible room size and oversize carpets of rare beauty, including Serapi, Bijar (Bidjar), highly prized Hadji Jallili Tabriz and Bakshaish. All of the carpets in the Collection would be classified Levels 2 through 4 in Claremont’s proprietary six-tier Rug Pyramid, which classifies rugs by their rarity and collectibility as fine art and antiques. In the Pyramid, Level 1 rugs are primarily historic and held by museums and royal families. Levels 2 thru 4 are considered highly-collectible to investment quality. Levels 5 and 6 are decorative and of no collecting or investing value.

The private sale process has developed over the last several years at Claremont. “Because we acquire the vast majority of our rugs in private transactions and are the only Gallery that purchases entire private treasuries of collectable and high-collectable-level rugs, we have decades of experience in offering these elite pieces to art and antique connoisseurs,” said Winitz, the author of The Guide to Purchasing an Oriental Rug.

Winitz has known the owners of the Silicon Valley Collection since 1983 when they attended two lectures that he delivered, the second at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club. The Collection was housed in specially-built cedar lined closets to store rugs as they rotated the rugs on a regular basis. The couple also collected European paintings and statues, and enjoyed synchronizing the placement of their collections throughout their homes.

About Claremont Rug Company
Founded in 1980, Claremont Rug Company has built an inventory comprised of nearly 4000 Oriental rugs, all from the Second Golden Age, ca. 1800 to ca. 1910, and nearly all of which are in the second, third and fourth tiers of the Pyramid. Individual rugs are valued from $20,000 to more than $500,000 per carpet. Telephone contact: 1800-441-1332.