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Antique Carpet Trends in New York State
Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in New York 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 East 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
The Edgar Alan Poe Cottage
2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, built c. 1812, is a New York City and State landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic house museum is famous as the final home of the writer. At the time that Poe, his ailing wife Virginia and mother-in-law, Mrs. Maria Clemm moved in during the spring of 1846, the house was owned by John Valentine. Poe rented it for $100 per year. Poe lived during the final years of his life, 1846-1849, and wrote “Annabel Lee” and “The Cask of Amontillado” in the house. Virginia died in the house in 1847 and after Poe’s death on October 7, 1849 while in Baltimore, Mrs. Clemm moved out.
65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032
The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built in 1765 as a summer villa, by Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse. Roger was born in England and Mary was born and raised in the colony of New York. Their country estate was named “Mount Morris” and stretched over 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson Rivers. Mount Morris was one of the highest points in Manhattan and offered clear views of New Jersey, Connecticut, and all of New York harbor. At the time of the American Revolution, George Washington and his Patriot officers made the house their headquarters for five weeks in the autumn of 1776. Twenty years after the Revolutionary War, in 1810, Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza Bowen purchased the house. Eliza Bowen through a series of wish real estate investments would become the richest woman in New York at the time.
After Stephen Jumel died in 1832, Eliza married Aaron Burr. Burr ran for President in 1800, but lost the election to Thomas Jefferson. As the runner-up, he became the Vice President, a position which did not carry much political power at the time. He ran for Governor of New York in 1804 and lost this race as well. Burr blamed his political opponent Alexander Hamilton for both these defeats. He felt so wronged by Hamilton that he challenged him to a duel and killed him. Burr was tried and acquitted.
Eliza filed for divorce in 1833 , a lengthy process which wasn’t finalized until 1836. Eliza lived in the house until her death at the age of 90 in 1865, exactly one hundred years after the Mansion was built. In 1904 the city of New York purchased the house and turned it into a museum.
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.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Rd, Bronx, NY 10464
The story of Bartow-Pell began in 1654, when Thomas Pell, a physician from Connecticut, bought about 50,000 acres from the Lenape people, who had inhabited the land for centuries. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Pell estate comprised 220 acres, which were purchased in 1836 by a Pell relative, Robert Bartow, who built the present Greek Revival mansion. He moved into the house with his family in 1842 and they remained there until 1888, when the city of New York purchased the property along with many other acres that now make up Pelham Bay Park. In 1914, the city leased the site to the International Garden Club (ICG). The club hired the architectural firm Delano & Aldrich to restore the mansion and design the formal garden. The building opened as a museum in 1946, and in 2008 the ICG was renamed Bartow-Pell Conservancy.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
4881 Broadway at 204th Street, New York, NY 10034
Manhattan’s last Dutch colonial farmhouse has looked over bustling Broadway for more than 200 years. Today it reflects the diverse and energetic populations that call Inwood home.
Jan Dyckman established a farm near the northern tip of Manhattan in the 1660s. After its destruction in the Revolutionary War, William Dyckman, Jan’s grandson, replanted the land and built this Farmhouse around 1784. Constructed mostly of fieldstone and clapboard, it features sloping spring eaves, wide porches, and a simple brick facade facing the street. The small home served three generations of the Dyckman family until 1868. As the character of the neighborhood changed from rural to urban, the old Farmhouse slid into disrepair.
In 1915, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean and Fannie Fredericka Dyckman Welch, daughters of the last Dyckman to grow up in the house, bought the building and worked with their husbands, curator Bashford Dean and architect Alexander McMillan Welch, to restore it. The sisters sought to preserve and exhibit not just a family relic but an entire way of life. They filled the rooms with objects that evoked their vision of New York’s Dutch heritage. In the garden, a fieldstone smokehouse was added and a half-timbered wood hut—originally built in the area by Hessian mercenaries during the Revolutionary War—was reconstructed. When the restoration was completed in 1916, the house and grounds were donated to the City of New York as a museum of early American life. Today, education programs continue the sisters’ goal of preserving the past for future generations. It is the only standing farmhouse still existing in Manhattan.
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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