Shopping with Claremont from Santa Barbara

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Antique Carpet Trends in Santa Barbara

Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in Santa Barbara since the company’s founding in 1980, helping families furnish their homes with unparalleled collections of art-level antique carpets throughout Santa Barbara County. We have assisted our Santa Barbara client’s in enriching the decor of their homes in the most exclusive communities such as Mission Canyon, San Roque, Mesa, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Riviera, Carpinteria to name a few.

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. We invite you to contact us to arrange a home walkthrough/consultation or rug showing.

Understated Laver Kirman Antique Carpet in Old World Décor

Exquisite mid-19th century Laver Kirman Carpet Accentuates the Old World Elegance of this Sitting Room

Whether a client’s Santa Barbara area home is a popular Spanish Revival estate, a Mediterranean masterpiece, or a Tuscan-style villa, antique Persian carpets greatly enhance the aesthetic of any style of home. Above see how a traditional style Santa Barbara sitting room is given new life with the addition of an exquisite mid-19th century Laver Kirman carpet. See below how a distinctive, 19trh century Persian Sultanabad carpet with a prized ivory field becomes the central defining feature of a Montecito family’s comfortable yet collected sitting area, both setting the artistic tone for the room and bringing out the unique aesthetic attributes of everything surrounding it. The antique rug’s large room size dimensions and profusion of attentively rendered scrolling boughs easily and evocatively anchor the high-ceilinged space.

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.

Persian Ivory Sultanabad Antique Carpet Echoes Details on Inlaid Cabinet

A Rare Ivory Field Sultanabad Deepens Both the Sophistication and Comfort of this Glorious Family Room.

Pictured above is a brilliant example of how a rare ivory field antique Persian Sultanabad carpet brings warmth and sophistication to a client’s Montecito residence. Our clients made the connoisseur’s choice when deciding on this rare, ivory field Sultanabad. This singular antique carpet immeasurably enhances the ambiance of this supremely comfortable, yet sophisticated family room. From California Ranch style homes to distinguished Georgian estates to sophisticated French Country style ranches and every architectural style in between, for nearly four decades Claremont Rug Company has been assisting in enlivening client’s homes with antique art-level Oriental carpets.

Our extensive online Antique Oriental Rug Educational Section is an expansive resource with sections discussing Decorating with Antique CarpetsCollecting and Connoisseurship, a Nine-point Methodology for Determining Quality and Artistry, Main Categories of Antique CarpetsAntique Oriental Rug Care and much more.

Historical Homes and Prominent Architecture in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands, agreeable climate, and unparalleled culture and entertainment making it a highly coveted area of Southern California to live in. Continue reading to learn more about the rich history of Santa Barbara County spanning back well before American history began.

About 13,000 years ago Native Americans called the Chumash settled in Santa Barbara, California. By the time the Spanish Missionaries arrived, they were living all along the coast and on the Channel Islands. The Mission and El Presidio were settled in the 1780s.  They began an era of colonization and the Christianization of the native Chumash.  The missions were secularized in the 1820s. The Spanish governed the area until 1822, when California became a Mexican territory until 1846 when Colonel John Fremont and his soldiers took Santa Barbara for the United States.

Agriculture and ranching became strong from 1830 to 1865.  Although Mexican and Americans ruled during this time, the actual lifestyle of the locals was not affected greatly.  After the Civil War, the face of Santa Barbara began to change.  Victorian houses soon outnumbered Spanish Colonials.  Shipping grew in prominence, as goods and people from the East began pouring in through the small, but growing, port. This begins a period of great experimentation.  Agriculture becomes more important as people realize that just about anything planted grows here.

In 1925, Santa Barbara was devastated by a massive earthquake.  Locals realized most of the Victorian style homes had burned and most of the buildings left standing were the Spanish Colonials, that relied more heavily on indigenous building techniques.  An ordinance was passed that same year making the downtown area of Santa Barbara, Spanish Colonial. Below see an assortment of Spanish Colonial style, Victorian and other historical homes and building from the 18th, 19th and 20th century still standing in Santa Barbara today.

Casa del Herrero

1387 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA

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Built in 1925 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009, Casa del Herrero is an excellent example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in America. The 11-acre masterpiece was designed by architect George Washington Smith for the Steedman family, and is renowned not only for the grand house but also for its extensive Moorish-style gardens and collection of 15th and 16th-century art objects from Spain.

Fernald Mansion

414 West Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA

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The home Charles Fernald and family moved into in 1864 bears little resemblance to the Fernald Mansion one sees today at 414 West Montecito Street.  The house has undergone a gradual transformation which lasted almost one hundred years and has even included relocation of the mansion.

Charles Fernald, like so many others, arrived in California in 1849 in search of the riches that could be had in the gold fields.  Born in Maine in 1830, he had been studying law when the gold fever struck.  Again, like so many others, his quest came to naught; he ended up back in San Francisco where he completed his law studies.  After living through two catastrophic fires, he decided to return east in 1852.

He never made it.  Stopping off in Santa Barbara to visit friends, he ended up accepting the position of sheriff at the age of twenty-two.  Miraculously, considering the period of lawlessness the town was undergoing, young Fernald survived his two months as peace officer and in August he was elected district attorney.  This was the beginning of forty years of public service and community involvement.  In addition to his thriving law practice Fernald served three terms as a county judge and in 1881 was elected mayor of Santa Barbara.  In 1862, he married Hannah Hobbs and began construction of the family home.

The house originally sat at 422 Santa Barbara Street, surrounded by a city block of carefully manicured gardens.  In those days, the family could enjoy clear views of the ocean.  The original house was a two-story, square structure made of brick with a lean-to kitchen to the rear.  It was not until 1880, as his family continued to grow, that Fernald had the house transformed to take on the look familiar to visitors today.

The house now had a steeply-pitched roof common to homes designed in the Victorian Queen Anne style.  As the family grew, so did the house in size. By the time the last Fernald daughter, Florence, made the final additions in the 1920s, the house had grown into the fourteen-room mansion you can now see today.

Casa de la Guerra

15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA

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This adobe residence was constructed between 1818 and 1828 by José de la Guerra, the fifth comandante of the Presidio.  In addition to his military post, de la Guerra acquired four large ranchos, ran an active commercial trade enterprise and served as the patriarch for the local community.  His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. de la Guerra’s children and grandchildren occupied the building until 1943, when the Casa was fully incorporated into the El Paseo complex. In the 1990s, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation restored the building to its appearance between 1828 and 1858, and now operates the building as a historic house museum.

Built during a time when the average residence was a one or two-room adobe with perhaps a small attached wooden lean-to, the Casa de la Guerra, with its u-shaped design, central courtyard and raised porch was an example of an unusually affluent home.  With its large courtyard, nearby gardens, manufacturing area and onsite store, the Casa functioned as a residence for the family but also served a diverse community.

Beginning in 1922, by arrangement with the de la Guerra family, Bernhard Hoffman began constructing the El Paseo complex onto the back of the Casa and adapted two wings of the home into shops. The complex was designed in the increasingly popular Spanish Colonial Revival Style, and the Casa was remodeled yet again to blend with the new design.  Following the devastating June 29, 1925, earthquake in Santa Barbara, the Casa and El Paseo served as models for rebuilding parts of the downtown. Casa de la Guerra is a City Landmark, a California Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the adobe home is operated as a museum featuring furnished period rooms, a history of the de la Guerra family, and rotating exhibits.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA

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The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Spanish Colonial Revival style building was designed by William Mooser III and completed in 1929. Architect Charles Willard Moore called it the “grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built,” and the prime example of Santa Barbara’s adoption of Spanish Colonial as its civic style.

Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA

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Mission Santa Barbara, also known as Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order near present-day Santa Barbara, California. It was founded by Padre Fermín Lasuén on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash-Barbareño tribe of Native American people. The mission is the namesake of the city of Santa Barbara as well as of Santa Barbara County.

The Granada Theater

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA

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A local landmark for almost a century, The Granada Theatre is the central coast’s premier performing arts venue. The 1,550-seat Granada Theatre was originally constructed in 1924.  Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara, The Granada is home to Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society and CAMA, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and Theatre League’s Broadway Series.

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Jan David Winitz, President and Founder of Claremont Rug Company in Oakland, CA, has built a global reputation among carpet collectors and connoisseurs since he founded the company at age 25 in 1980.