Antique Persian Bakshaish rug in vaulted, chateau-inspired space

Antique Persian Bakshaish Soars in Vaulted, Chateau-Inspired Space

See our antique Bakshaish rugs now available. >>Click Here<< For screen-size view, click on image. Living with a virtuoso example of the most coveted folk art Village style in Persian carpets is indescribably rewarding.…
An Antique Caucasian Shirvan Rug interacts with the curated art display in a client's entry hall

Art on the Wall and on the Floor in this Curated Entryway

 See our antique Caucasian Shirvan rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   The opportunities to achieve an impressive display with antique art rugs are legion. In the entryways of grand homes and apartments, they particularly…

Breathtaking Serapi-Heriz Carpet Artfully Amplifies the Casually Regal Ambiance of this Rugged Retreat

 See our antique Serapi-Heriz rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   The joyfully animating patterning of this over one century-old Serapi-Heriz room-size carpet from Northwest Persia skillfully integrates itself in spirit…
Two antique village weavings enhance the rustic ambiance of this log cabin retreat in the mountains.

Two Antique Village Weavings Reflect Rustic Ambiance of Log Cabin Mountain Retreat

 See our antique Northwest Persian Heriz rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   Clients find that our selection of Northwest Persian styles is second to none. As you can see, the two antique rugs in this cozy room appear to…
Luminous 170-year-old Ferahan rug in rare corridor dimensions adds luminosity to entryway of Omaha home

Rare Corridor-Sized Ferahan Rug Adds Luminous Comfort to Entryway of Traditional Omaha Home

 See our antique Persian Ferahan rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   This image is of an artistically exploratory 170-year-old Ferahan rug in a rarely found corridor size that graces the entryway of a grand traditional…
170-year-old Mohtasham Kashan carpet in elegant dining room

Masterfully Woven 170-Year-Old Mohtasham Kashan Carpet Enhances Elegant Ambiance of Earth-Toned Dining Room

 See our antique Persian Mohtasham Kashan rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   Discovering the perfect antique rug is an unforgettable outcome to the “thrill of the chase” as this gracious, inviting dining area aptly…

Serab Camelhair Runners Create Striking Intersection of Folkloric Beauty and Modern Aesthetic in Hallway of East Bay Hills Home

 See our antique Serab rugs now available. >>Click Here<<   Intersecting hallways become a crossroads for art display in this East Bay Hills home, enlivened by the evocative antique textiles underfoot that compel the viewer…
Bakshaish and Serapi rugs in Traditional Living Room

Antique Rug Pairing Establishes Exquisite Syncretism in Traditional Living Room

See our antique camelhair rugs now available. >>Click Here<< Antique Persian rugs bestow to myriad spaces an unrivaled and invigorating dynamism. This is all the more apparent and enlivening when combined with traditional furnishings…
An Antique Caucasian Seichur Kuba in Kitchen Passageway

Harmonious Triad of Antique Caucasian Rugs Complements Passageway of Connoisseurs’ Home

See our antique Caucasian Kuba rugs now available. >>Click Here<< In this antique rug connoisseurs' home, their love of tribal weaving starts at the front door, through the living room, and continues right past the kitchen. These…
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Antique Rugs in Art Collections (Chubb Collectors)

When I founded Claremont Rug Company in 1980, a gallery that specialized exclusively in older Oriental rugs was not unusual. However, a company whose niche was art-level antique carpets was revolutionary. When I founded Claremont Rug Company…

A Primer on Antique Rug Acquisition from an Eminent Expert

The private showroom at Claremont Rug Company, displaying some of the 3500 antique Oriental rugs in the Gallery's collection. OAKLAND, CA.- As a part of his ongoing art education outreach, eminent global art dealer Jan David Winitz, founder/president…

World Record Shattered by Historic Kirman Vase Rug

Today's sale at Sotheby's of William Andrews Clark's Sickle-leaf, Vine Scroll and Palmette 'Vase'-technique carpet for $33.76 M has enormous significance not only for the antique Oriental rug field, but for the art world as a whole. Clearly…

Claremont Rug Company Reports Significant Increases In Sales of “High-End” Antique Oriental Rugs

In this interview, Claremont Rug Company's Jan David Winitz discusses what to look for when purchasing collectable antique persian rugs and caucasian rugs

The Sum of the Parts: When It Comes to Selecting Your First – Or Next – Exquisite Rug

In this interview, Claremont Rug Company's Jan David Winitz discusses what to look for when purchasing collectable antique persian rugs and caucasian rugs

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

Published in Private Air, Luxury Homes Magazine The antique Oriental rug market can be daunting at first. The quest to “know” rugs is a journey of gaining exposure, knowledge, and discovering your personal taste. To guide our clients,…

Antique Rugs in Eclectic Interior Design

International Expert Jan David Winitz Says Collectors Drawn to Complementary Impact While prices for 15th-18th-century historic Oriental rugs are only recently approaching the level of comparable contemporary works of art, collectors and…

Peruse Our Array of Antique Rugs

View our vast collection of High-Collectible, Connoisseur-Caliber, and High-Decorative art-level antique rugs from our four-gallery complex.

Passion and Practicality: The Many Faces of the Modern Collector

by Jan David Winitz President and Founder, Claremont Rug Company Part 1 Eli Broad once said, “A real collector does not sell.” Having spent over four decades as a gallery owner, I have had the privilege to work with thousands of clients…

Subtle Elegance – Exquisite Art Carpets in Understated Tones

Claremont Rug Company has long waited to complete a significant collection of ‘continental style carpets’ in understated earth tones, one of the most intriguing groups of rugs to emerge from the Eastern Court weavers. With their predominant…

Client Accolades

We take pride in clients’ first-hand testimonials detailing their satisfaction with our diverse rug collection & first-cabin service.

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

Published in AXA Art The term “Oriental rug” is a generic term that applies to any carpet woven by hand across the Eastern world. It includes both new production created in a wide area stretching from Romania to China, and antique…

Antique Oversize Carpets

Among the most prized 19th-century carpets in the Claremont Rug inventory are those in the Oversize rug category. Defined as rugs in sizes between 11 x 15 to 17 x 20 feet, these antique Persian & Oriental oversize rugs include some of the…

Concierge Services – Before Purchase

Whether your project is for a single rug or an entire home, our highly experienced rug consultants & free shipping program can assist you in making satisfying rug choices.
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Amass Collections of 19th-Century Persian and Tribal Art Rugs

21st-Century Titans Take Up The Mantle: Amass Collections of 19th-Century Persian and Tribal Art Rugs

Hands at the Loom

By Jan David Winitz, President & founder Claremont Rug Company (Part 1 of 2 Parts | Read Part 2 Here) Upper: Kurdish mother and her child at a horizontal loom as she prepares the weft threads, testing them…

Antique Tribal Rugs Transcend the Decorative

OAKLAND, CA. - To many Westerners, the patterns of Near Eastern tribal rugs appear mysterious, even unfathomable. But these colorful geometrics are, in fact, windows to a venerable wisdom. Oral histories, passed down through countless generations…

Concierge Services – After Purchase

Our Long-Term Care Program is committed to supporting you ongoing — through expert hand-cleaning, restoration, and our full-exchange policy.

Antique Persian and Tribal Rugs as an Art Investment

“The finest antique carpets have been a form of international currency since Marco Polo introduced the first rugs he brought from “the Orient” to the Italian aristocracy at the end of the 13th century. Thus the term “oriental rugs”…

The Oriental Rug Market Viewed as a Pyramid

President Jan David Winitz outlines 6 levels of Oriental rugs based on artistry, age, originality, craftsmanship & provenance.

Expand Your Education of Antique Oriental Rugs

Immerse yourself in our extensive educational section, including our comprehensive Rug Type Guide, videos and numerous articles.

Increasing Appreciation of Antique Oriental Rugs in the Art World

        As a lifetime lover & connoisseur of 19th-century Oriental rugs, this has been a very exciting time for me. Over the years, while interest in antique carpets from the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving (1800 to 1910) has…

Using Catalogs to Educate and Inspire

Looking back over the years since I opened Claremont Rug Company in 1980, I occasionally reflect on decisions that were made early on that have proven extremely important to building our business. I have always been deeply passionate about antique…

How to Look at an Antique Rug

One chooses to furnish one’s home with antique Persian rugs for several reasons. The woven carpets serve as durable, long-lasting floor coverings, adding comfort and warmth to the environment. Most importantly, they are handcrafted works of…

Selected Bibliography

While our antique rug type guides and articles provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the collector, the world of antique Oriental carpets is a vast one, with a long and storied past. We have taken the liberty of assembling a bibliography…

The Origin of Rugs

by Jan David Winitz President and Founder of Claremont Rug Company Part One Detail from Caucasian Seichur Kuba rug, circa 1875. Looking at the bold geometric or floral patterns of a fine Oriental carpet has a distinct effect on me. Particularly…

Antique Rug Type Guide

Explore the major types of antique Persian carpets and Tribal rugs through commentary & pictures.

Knowing Your Art Deeply And The Fruits That It Yields

by Jan David Winitz President and Founder, Claremont Rug Company Part 1 To know art deeply is a great adventure that yields extraordinary rewards. It allows us to value life more fully. Art reminds us that we each have an inner life that…

The Joy of Collecting Antique Art Rugs

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…

The Heart and Mind of the Collector

We humans have an innate impulse to surround ourselves with things that nourish our emotions, stimulate our imagination, add significance to our rituals, remind us of people or eras from the past, lend order to our worldview, and simply add…

The Symbolism of Animals & Birds in Antique Tribal Rugs

By Jan David Winitz, President & founder Claremont Rug Company Saddled horses, chickens, and human figures cavort on the field of this extremely rare mid-19th-century Bakshaish. Study the golden medallion to reveal two ethereal…

The Life-Affirming Symbology in Antique Caucasian Rugs

Published in Carpet Collector Magazine, Germany by Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company Part OneThe life-affirming "Running Water" design often appears between the outer border and the field tone of earlier Caucasian…
Antique Bidjov Shirvan on floor of contemporary Tel Aviv living room, below a Moshe Gershuni painting.

Striking Caucasian Afshan Kuba Rug Enhances Mid-Century Living Room of Tel Aviv Home

See our antique Caucasian Kuba rugs now available. >>Click Here<< Art for the floor lives right at home with art on the wall, greatly enhancing the presence of each piece. Many of our clients who gravitate toward using art-level…

In-home Shopping

Shop for rare antique carpets whether you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the U.S. or virtually anywhere in the world. Visualizing how your potential carpet choices will look in your home has never been easier with our numerous…

President’s Letter 2021 Year End Review

2021 Sales Show Greatly Heightened Interest in High-Collectible & Connoisseur-Caliber Rugs Dear Friend, Entering our 42nd year at Claremont Rug Company, I will again share my annual recap of what transpired in the antique Oriental rug market…

Jan David Winitz Discusses Building Lasting Relationships with Clients

By Jan David Winitz April 11th, 2018 This article originally appeared in a column entitled “How I Did It: Claremont Rug Company's Jan David Winitz” in Luxury Daily. For nearly four decades I have had the privilege of selling precious…
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My Way: Claremont Rug Company’s Jan David Winitz on why customer efficiency is not customer service

One of the most vivid lessons that I ever learned about the rewards of delivering exceptional client service all started with light bulbs. I was at a potential client’s home for the first time. They were an elderly couple and after we exchanged…

2020 Year-End Overview Jan David & Christine Hunt Winitz

THANKFULLY, AN EXTREMELY ALIVE YEAR FOR ART-LEVEL ANTIQUE ORIENTAL RUGS Dear Friends, As we enter 2021, we are proud of the level of engagement we are maintaining with our clients despite the obstacles presented by Covid-19. By any…

Client Homes v2

Our Whole Home Collections Lakeside Manor Home Exquisitely detailed craftmanship & a majestic view of this grand mountain lodge complement the antique…

2021 50 Best of their Type

Presenting — Our 11th Annual Major Carpet Retrospective 50 Best-of-Their-Type Rugs Sold in 2021 Presenting — Our 11th Annual Major Carpet Retrospective 50 Best-of-Their-Type Rugs Sold in 2021 Persian…

Afshar Rugs

For centuries, the Afshar nomads were the preeminent Persian tribal group, populating numerous regions within their country's borders. By the 20th-century, however, their ranks had been diminished to an area in the southeast corner of Iran.…

Bakhtiari Rugs

The Bakhtiari tribespeople of the rugged Zagros Mountains are famed for their perilous annual migrations over snow-capped peaks and for their lustrous, deep-toned antique tribal carpets displaying grand scale, cornucopian designs. An early…

Bakshaish Rugs: The Magic of Bakshaish Artistry

Imagination, Spontaneity, and Balance PART ONE By Jan David WinitzPresident & Founder, Claremont Rug Company Among the most brilliant early Bakshaish works I have ever encountered, unbelievably spontaneous,…

Bakshaish Rugs: The Brilliance of Bakshaish

The Brilliance of Bakshaish (Bakhshayesh) By: B. Alexandra Szerlip “It could be argued that of all the categories of antique Oriental rugs, Persian Bakshaish (Bakhshayesh) weavings have the most exuberant and idiosyncratic world view,”…
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Camelhair Rugs

The best antique rugs and carpets utilizing undyed camelhair are quite rare, as they represent a limited production of just a handful of the rug weaving villages and tribal encampments of the mountainous district of Northwest Persia. Prized…
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The Allure of Antique Persian Camelhair Carpets

By Jan David Winitz, President & founder Claremont Rug Company  PART 1 of 2 Two antique Camelhair rugs (Serab in foreground, Malayer in main space) glow in sunny home. Camel head relief detail from…

Caucasian Rugs Summary

When the Almighty Spirit first created the Earth, He made the land completely flat. Looking down at His creation, He was satisfied with His work, except for the fact that there were no mountains. So He loaded up an enormous sack with innumerable…

Caucasian Rugs Cosmology

The Timeless Cosmology of 19th-Century Caucasian Rugs By: B. Alexandra Szerlip “Remember to look up at the stars,” wrote Stephen Hawking. “Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.” Such contemplation…

Caucasian Rug Symbology

View a wide selection of antique Caucasian rugs now available.

Dyes and Colors Used in Antique Caucasian Rugs

It is no wonder that the weavings of the 85 subgroups of Caucasian tribal rugs are enjoying rapidly growing popularity among both Oriental rug collectors and lovers of folk art. A major article in “The Wall Street Journal” featured Claremont…

Caucasian Daghestan Rugs

The Daghestan area marks the north-eastern border of the Caucasian rug making regions. Covering breathtaking mountainous terrain, Daghestan translates 'land of the mountains' and boasts "some of the most beautiful and wild scenery of the whole…

Caucasian Eagle Kazak Rugs

The prized Chelaberd design type is usually referred to by its established trade name, “Eagle Kazak” or sometimes “Sunburst Kazak”. In fact, the figure is commonly believed to stem from St. Joseph’s Cross – giving a clue to the…

Caucasian Kazak Rugs

With roots to the people who inhabited the majestic Caucasus Mountains since the dawn of history, tribal weavers who occupied the region’s highest encampments and small alpine villages created a powerful rug style known as Kazak. As trade…

Caucasian Shirvan Rugs

Shirvan is located just to the south of the Caucasus mountain range and is to the east of Gendje and to the west of the Baku peninsula. Local weaving tradition in this region excelled in exploring the numerous possible variations using a limited…

Dorasht Rugs

The antique Dorasht carpets, typically commissioned works of grand scale for local and European nobility, were woven in the Khorassan district of Northeast Persia. This mountainous region, less well known in the Western world as it was geographically…

Ferahan & Ferahan Sarouk Rugs

Designed for a regional aristocratic clientele, the Ferahan region of West Central Persia developed a distinctive rug weaving tradition in the 19th-century that blended geometric influences from the surrounding tribes and villages with more…

Ferahan: The Style That Took Persian Carpets Global

Ferahan– The Style That Took Persian Carpets Global By: Hunter Christensen In 1873, the city on the Danube hosted an elaborate world’s fair —The Vienna Exhibition promoting “Culture and Education.” Russia, Japan, and the Ottoman…