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Antique Carpet Trends in San Francisco
Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of helping many families furnish their homes in San Francisco with incomparable collections of art-level antique carpets since the company’s founding in 1980. Our awe-inspiring collection of over 4,000 antique Persian and Oriental art carpets from the early 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, known as the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving”, have kept our valued clientele in San Francisco returning to view our ever growing collection time and time again. Our world-class in-home shopping service is highly valued by our San Francisco area clientele because whether our client’s home is a modern high-rise looking over the San Francisco Bay or a chateau in the South of France, we will bring one-of-a-kind handmade antique rugs to your home to experience the truly transformative effects antique rugs can have on an interior. “These rugs appeal to people who don’t want their homes to look like everyone else’s. Each one is handmade. Each one is unique, and, of course, green-as antiques, you can’t get more eco-friendly,” notes Jan David Winitz, president and founder of Claremont Rug Company.
A bustling center of culture, industry and the arts, San Francisco has many high-end contemporary homes like the one photographed above. This tall-ceiling glass and steel urban condominium is powerfully enlivened by the potent natural colors and striking archetypal geometry of 19th century collectible tribal and village rugs. Antique Caucasian rugs have long been appreciated by Modernist architects and designers for their highly complementary artistic approach. Both aesthetics are deeply concerned with a viewer’s direct engagement with the essentials of color and form, unmediated by the distractions of superfluous ornament.
Once our clients discover the extraordinary impact art-level carpets have on their décor, many decide to use them throughout their homes. Following their design sense for supreme refinement and personal expression, they work with us to decorate their residences with complete suites of antique rugs on their floors and walls. Whole home collections truly showcase how antique art rugs can be incorporated into homes of any architectural style, from a sleek downtown high-rise condo to a stately traditional estate. Below view a collector’s stunning assemblage of extremely rare antique Persian and Caucasian rugs in a modern San Francisco condo.
The extraordinary artistry and nuanced, exquisite coloration of top-tier antique carpets provide the perfect counterpoint to the dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of a modern cityscape’s’ glass and steel high-rise architecture.
The incredibly potent natural dyes of the above superb antique Lesghi tribal rug provide the perfect counterpoint to the minimalist design and modern cityscape that surround this San Francisco collector’s elegant dining area.
The quiet, restful atmosphere of this urban apartment’s spacious master bedroom is profoundly enhanced by the unique soft green and pastel coloration of this one-of-a-kind antique Sultanabad art carpet.
As you can see antique art carpets are remarkably unique and can be paired with any interior style and practically used to decorate any room. This San Francisco connoisseur’s whole home collection featured above is a perfect example of how antique rugs can unite a home’s décor. By marrying an antique art carpet with modern furnishings and ornamentations a room gains brand new life with the design rooted in the past and present.
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Historical Homes and Prominent Architecture in San Francisco
San Francisco has had an outsized influence on the history of California and the United States. Originally a Spanish (later Mexican) mission and pueblo, it was conquered by the United States in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the 1848 discovery of gold in its hinterland. The Gold Rush made San Francisco a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge. Starting in 1848, the California gold rush led to a large boom in population, including considerable immigration. Between January 1848 and December 1849, the population of San Francisco increased from 1,000 to 25,000. With the increase in population after the gold rush began a residential development boom. An array of architectural styles would become popularized in the late 19th and early 20th century, which greatly shaped the San Francisco areas iconic image we see today.
From the 1880s to the late 1910s, Queen Anne style architecture was in vogue. Signature features of Queen Anne style are multiple balconies, large porches and are usually two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half stories tall.
One of the most picturesque and famous areas of San Francisco is Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner Streets featuring a tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses nicknamed the “Painted Ladies”. These Queen Anne-style homes are one of the thousands built in San Francisco during its booming growth at the end of the 19th-century.
After the turn of the 20th century, popular architectural styles in the San Francisco area were Colonial Renaissance (1880-1955), Spanish Colonial Revival Style (1915-1930), Exotic Revival Style (1900-1940s), and Mediterranean Revival Style (1920-1950s) to name a few. View the following selection of historical homes and prominent architecture in these popular late 19th century- early 20th century architectural styles and more, which can still be seen today in San Francisco.
The Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin St, San Francisco, California
The Haas-Lilienthal House, built in 1886 for William and Bertha Haas, is an exuberant example of Queen Anne-style architecture designed by Peter R. Schmidt. Surviving the 1906 earthquake and fire, the House remained in the family until 1973 when it was entrusted to San Francisco Heritage to serve as the organization’s headquarters and as the city’s only Gilded Age house museum open to the public.
The Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, California
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California 1920, Photo Source.
The Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Francisco, was built in 1875 and was the largest and costly hotel in the world at the time. On October 2, 1875, the Palace Hotel officially opened as the city’s first luxury hotel to capture the hearts of the American public. The iconic Palace Hotel has remained the landmark hotel in San Francisco with such timeless creations as The Garden Court’s stained glass dome with Austrian crystal chandeliers and the 1909 Maxfield Parrish painting of “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” located in the Pied Piper Bar. The hotel boasts soaring 11-foot ceilings, expansive windows, and original architectural details complemented by classically inspired contemporary interiors. The hotel also features luxurious bedding, marble baths, and a host of lavish amenities.
The Bellevue- Staten Apartments
492 Staten Ave, Oakland, California
Across the Bay in Claremont’s abode of Oakland, you will find an assemblage of many historically relevant sites like The Bellevue-Staten Apartments. Designed by H.C. Bauman, this well-planned blend of Spanish Colonial and Art Deco is by far the most elegant apartment house ever built in Oakland. Opened to residents in 1929, Its fifteen floors are clothed in rich, warm-red brick; the abstracted Spanish Baroque decorative details are in poured concrete. Along the roof, chess-piece-like finials rise eight feet above the ramparts. The two-story-high lobby has a richly painted, plaster, coffered ceiling, and panels of squirrels eating acorns (symbolic of Oakland) decorate the bronze elevator doors. The original sales brochure described the Bellevue-Staten as the “the last word in ultra-modern Home-Apartment Construction. Built up to a standard, not down to a price!”
The Camron-Stanford House
1418 Lakeside Drive Oakland, California
The Camron-Stanford House is the last of the beautiful 19th-century mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt and was the home to five influential families before becoming the first museum in the City of Oakland. The restored home helps visitors time travel to the 1880s and enter meticulously recreated living spaces. In addition, the house presents various exhibits throughout the year, which focuses on aspects of Victorian life and culture during the late 19th century and early 20th century in Oakland, California.
The Pardee Home
672 11th Street Oakland, CA
Oakland’s Pardee Home is one of the greatest architectural and historical treasures of Northern California. The Pardee Home, including its carriage house and water tower, is a centerpiece of Oakland’s Preservation Park Historic District, within a short walking distance of such downtown landmarks as Old Oakland, City Hall, and Preservation Park.
The house was built in 1868-69 by Enoch Pardee, a Gold Rush immigrant to California from the Midwest, who became an eye doctor in San Francisco after mining gold. He also pursued a vigorous public career in the East Bay during the 1870s and 1880s, including mayor of Oakland, state assemblyman, and state senator. This elite Oakland family brought great culture to the city during the 19th century. Visiting the Pardee Home today offers an experience of 19th-century architectural wonder, renovated gardens, and exploration of the rich diversity of the Pardee family’s interests. Governor Pardee’s wife Helen was one of the most prodigious private collectors in California during her time. Her collection includes more than 70,000 items from all across the country and world are exhibited today just as the family left them.
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