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Antique Carpet Trends in New York City
Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in New York City since the company’s founding in 1980, helping families build incomparable collections of art-level antique carpets. Many unique architectural styles developed in New York during the end of the 19th century and turn of the 20th century. Our New York clientele appreciates the experience of pairing our fine art-level Oriental rugs with their architecturally unique homes whether they own a historic Upper-East Side townhouse or a majestically sleek and modern Beaux Arts-inspired estate or any style home in between.
Visualizing how your potential carpet choices will look in your home has never been easier with our numerous presentation tools. Claremont Rug Company offers a selection of convenient shopping options even if you do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are local to you – regardless of where you reside.
Often times when our clients begin living with just one antique carpet, they find how enlivening the experience of adding an antique art-level carpet can be to a home and develop a growing desire to collect. Above see how the abundant artistic energy of this rare large Persian Bakshaish carpet perfectly resolves the challenge of the converted industrial loft. Its graphic presence provides a natural focal point in this high-ceilinged Manhattan living room, while providing a storehouse for endless contemplation and discovery. Its harmonious, time-softened hues and elemental, archetypal imagery will be continually refreshed by the changing natural light over the course of the day. The carpet’s simplicity brings out the inherent sculptural aspect of the exposed brick, old-growth wooden beams and wrought iron columns, all of which share the 19th-century folkloric rug’s honesty of purpose and materials.
Our website is the ideal tool to rapidly educate and familiarize yourself with the world of antique Oriental carpets, offering abundant and easy-to-digest information on the numerous carpet styles available to your project. Over 1,000+ of our carpets are available for you to browse online at your leisure, with full-size, color-accurate high resolution images only a click away.
All can be easily sorted by size and carpet type, to make your search eminently manageable. You can organize your choices on your own Wish List that is there for you to return to for up to 3 years. As you explore freely through our gallery, carpets of special interest can be flagged and added to your personalized wish list. As you hone your taste, these wish lists can record your favorites, and can be effortlessly forwarded to a designer, architect, spouse or friend with whom you would like to share.
From a stunning Park Avenue neo-Gothic-style penthouse to an awe-inspiring Upper West side home to any style your New York home may be, an antique Persian carpet breathes new life into any home. Over the nearly four decades Claremont Rug Company has been in business, we have found the experience of collecting and connoisseurship is one our clients find very fulfilling and unique. Pictured above see how an oversized mid-19th century Persian Sultanabad carpet employs welcoming color and glowing patina to enliven this comfortably appointed room graced by sumptuous amounts of natural light and expansive views.
Our extensive online Antique Oriental Rug Educational Section is an expansive resource with sections discussing Decorating with Antique Carpets, Collecting and Connoisseurship, a Nine-point Methodology for Determining Quality and Artistry, Main Categories of Antique Carpets, Antique Oriental Rug Care and much more.
Historical Homes and Prominent Architecture in New York City
73 Worth Street, New York, NY
This line of condominium apartments were actually Civil War era, neo-Renaissance styled buildings built in 1865. These white stone homes once faced a row of cast-iron buildings, which were replaced by the AT&T Long Lines Buildings in 1974, located on Church Street between Worth and Thomas streets. In the conversion of 73 Worth Street, a nearly century-old vault beneath the sidewalk had to be rebuilt.
24 Middagh Street
24 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Built in 1824, 24 Middagh Street is a charming, wood-frame, Federal house in Brooklyn Heights that has the distinction of being the oldest home in the neighborhood.
Described by the AIA Guide to New York City as the “the queen of Brooklyn Heights houses,” the frame house still retains much of its 19th century charm, according to the broker on the home. The property is comprised of two structures, a four-story main house with five bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, and the two-story carriage house with two bedrooms.
Some of the standout features of the overall property include five fireplaces with wooden mantels, the pine wooden flooring, the quarter round attic windows, and the top floor dormer windows.
Mill Neck Manor House
40 Frost Mill Rd, Mill Neck, NY 11765
Mill Neck Manor, a majestic Tudor Revival mansion, is set on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. The 34-room mansion, once called Sefton Manor, was owned by Robert Leftwich Dodge and his wife, the cosmetics heiress Lillian Sefton Dodge. The architectural firm of Clinton & Russell, Wells, Holton & George was retained in 1923 to design the home for the Dodge family which cost two million dollars to construct.
Mill Neck Manor is a two-story residence with over 34 family rooms, 16 bathrooms, many guest and service rooms. Rusticated Westchester granite blocks trimmed in limestone cover the exterior. The solid oak doorway reported to be between 400 and 500 years old is studded with iron details and unusual hardware.
Colonel Wells designed the Manor so that light changes occupy most of the room. One memorable feature of Mill Neck Manor is the leaded stained-glass windows, a series of five Shakespearean plays overlooking the main stair landing. The windows, each at a cost of over $10,000, were executed by Charles Connick of Boston. Craftsmen from Italy and Germany were retained to detail the interiors. It took over two years to complete the plasterwork on the ceilings of the first floor main rooms.
OHEKA Castle Home & Estate
135 W Gate Dr, Huntington, NY 11743
This magnificent Gold Coast Mansion, resting majestically on the highest point of Long Island, emanates the elegant refinement of a chateau in France coupled with world-class service and a rich history that is distinctly American. OHEKA has been celebrating the art of entertaining since 1919, when financier and patron of the arts, Otto Hermann Kahn, commissioned celebrated architects, Delano and Aldrich, to design his palatial country residence to accommodate Kahn’s fondness to host lavish parties.
Today, OHEKA is recognized as one of the most prestigious weddings and event venues in the World and is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America. The Castle boasts; 32 luxurious guestrooms and suites where guests can sleep like royalty, Historic Mansion Tours of the Estate and Gardens, and the OHEKA Bar & Restaurant offering patrons a unique culinary experience.
OHEKA CASTLE is listed on the coveted National Register of Historic Places and is devoted to establishing an experience for guests to appreciate historic architecture, wine and dine in European ambience, enjoy a favored book in the stately library, relax with an in-room massage one of the Castle’s guestrooms, stroll the Formal Gardens designed by prominent landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers, or celebrate lavishly as Otto Kahn once did during the decadent era of the Roaring Twenties.
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams.
This fashionable country resort was popular among New Yorkers who wished to escape the hustle and bustle of the city which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street. The Hotel advertised itself as “free from the noise and dust of the public roads, and fitted up and intended for only the most genteel and respectable” clientele. In those days, one could take the stagecoach or steamboat up to 61st street and spend the day at the hotel sipping lemonade in the ladies parlor or playing cards in the gentlemen’s tavern.
In 1833, the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family. In 1905, as the area became more industrialized, the building was purchased by Standard Gas Light Company (today’s Con Edison). The Colonial Dames of America, a woman’s patriotic society purchased the building in 1924. After extensive restoration to the structure, the Colonial Dames opened the site to the public in 1939. The building endures as a rare reminder of an important era in New York City’s history.
The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.
The Plaza was the dream of financier Bernhard Beinecke, hotelier Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black, President of the Fuller Construction Company. They purchased a 15-year-old hotel of the same name on the site. The three men set out to replace it with what is surely one of the most elegant hotels in the world. Construction of the 19-story French Renaissance-style building (a skyscraper back then) took two years at a cost of $12 million. Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the Dakota apartments, the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, set about his task to provide all the pomp, glory, and opulence of a French chateau.
Just after The Plaza Hotel’s centennial, it underwent a magnificent $450 million dollar restoration in 2008.
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