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Antique Carpet Trends in Silicon Valley
In the southern Bay Area lies Silicon Valley, the technology center of the West Coast. Over the years, Claremont Rug Company has had the honor of working with many clients in Silicon Valley to adorn their estates with the most lovely antique Persian & tribal rugs from our collection. Whether a client has a modern downtown Palo Alto condo or a stately family home in Crescent Park, our expansive collection of 19th to early 20th century antique art carpets pair impressively with a variety of decor styles. Many of our Silicon Valley clients begin by decorating their home with one or two antique rugs. But quickly they find that living with an antique rug not only enhances the beauty of a room but also enlivens the atmosphere of a space in a way that only a handmade piece of art with over a hundred years of heritage can.
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. Below is an example of an impassioned connoisseur’s incredible whole home collection of antique art carpets in a Silicon Valley family home.
Our collection of antique Persian and Oriental rugs are each hand-woven and one of a kind which makes decorating with them a truly transformative experience. Above see how instead of placing a larger rug under the breakfast table, these savvy antique Oriental carpet connoisseurs have placed this wide runner alongside, where it can be seen in all its unaffected splendor from anywhere in the room. Whether your home is in Hillsborough, Atherton or San Jose, contact us to arrange a home-walkthrough/consultation or rug showing.
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.
A unique decor choice by this Silicon Valley connoisseur was using not one but two spectacular antique rugs in an elegant bathroom to create an intimate and private space. The 19th century Oriental Malayer rugs join the decor with their rare ivory grounds and sublime accents colors. Also contributing captivating wreaths, blossoms and other charming patterns, they become a tactile as well as visual delight in the space.
An abundance of textures, intriguing colors and atmospheric lighting effects imbue this folkloric circa 1850 Bakshaish art rug with extraordinary presence, particularly in the context of an this Silicon Valley connoisseur’s intimate wine cellar. The colored marble, ornate walnut scrollwork, gilded frame and even unadorned brick all find parallels in the Bakshaish rug’s extraordinary natural color palette. While each of these rooms serves a very different purpose functionally to the connoisseur’s home, the commonality is the same in all, fascinating antique Persian & tribal carpets become the beautiful focal point of every room.
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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 Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley, the influential tech center of the Bay Area has attracted innovators, visionaries, and entrepreneurs long before the Digital Age of the 21st century. Some of Silicon Valley areas most luxurious towns like Atherton originated in the mid-1800s, as a place for summer homes of wealthy pioneering San Francisco families. Silicon Valley has some of the most eloquent architecture so it’s no wonder that many of the country’s most influential people choose to live in Silicon Valley. Stunning Woodside contemporary estates, expansive Atherton residents, contemporary villas in Los Altos Hills, we have had the great pleasure of assisting in decorating many estates in the incomparably sumptuous neighborhoods of the Silicon Valley. View an assortment of magnificent historical homes and prominent architecture in the Silicon Valley below.
86 Cañada Road Woodside, California
Nestled on the Peninsula north of San Francisco is the historical home, Filoli. Designed between 1915 – 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture.
Opened to the public in 1976 as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli features a 54,000 sq. ft. home and a 16–acre English Renaissance Garden. In addition, Filoli’s property includes a 6.8-acre Gentlemen’s Heritage Orchard and a trail system that transverses five different ecosystems for docent-guided nature hikes and visits to the Sally MacBride Nature Center. Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century and is a cherished resource for the community valuing education, volunteerism and diversity.
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The Lathrop House
627 Hamilton Street (County Center), Redwood City, California
One of the Peninsula’s oldest mansions, Lathrop House is an architectural treasure built in 1863 by San Mateo County’s first assessor-clerk-recorder and chairman of the Board of Supervisors, a man who later helped found the Southern Pacific Railroad and owner of a large tract of land in the Menlo Park area. In January of 1858, Mary Benjamin G. Lathrop bought the entire block of lots on which the present Fox Theatre building now stands to build their home. In 1863, the Lathrops’ residence was ready for occupancy, with 11 rooms plus kitchen and servants quarters. It was named “Lora Mundi”, roughly translated as “beauty spot of the world”.
In 1870, General Patrick Edward Conner purchased the house and grounds for his family. The property remained in the Connors’ possession, although it was rented for some time until 1894 when the trustees of Redwood City public schools purchased the site. The house was moved to the rear of the block, next to the creek, to make room for Central Grammar School, which opened in 1895. In 1905, Mrs. Joel Mansfield brought the Conner residence and in November of that year, Sheriff Mansfield had the house moved to its present Hamilton Street location. The Mansfields made it their residence.
This historically important building is now more than 125 years old. It evokes a sense of history in the making, for in its walls lie embedded the stories of many lives connected with Redwood City’s past.
1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA
Built in 1868, Ralston Hall evokes rich history and showcases enchanting architecture. For more than 90 years, the venerable, cream-colored mansion has served as the jewel-like centerpiece of the Notre Dame de Namur University campus in Belmont, California. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a California Historical Landmark.
Ralston Hall originally was the impressive summer home of William Chapman Ralston (1826-1875), an Ohio native who moved to San Francisco in 1854, became a prominent entrepreneur and founded the Bank of California, the California Theater and the illustrious Palace Hotel.
In 1864, Ralston bought a country estate owned by the Italian nobleman Count Leonetto Cipriani in a rugged expanse called Cañada del Diablo about 25 miles south of San Francisco.
Ralston expanded upon the modest, two-story villa already on the property to create a lavish, 55,000 square foot residence with extensive outbuildings plus innovative water and gas systems. The exterior is in the Italianate style while the interior incorporates many elements of 19th century Steamboat Gothic architecture, reminiscent of Ralston’s early life on the riverboats of the Mississippi before he settled in California. He christened his estate “Belmont,” which became the name of the city that eventually grew around it.
151 Laurel St, Atherton, California
Built in 1885, this Victorian estate is the crown jewel of Silicon Valley’s Atherton. This well-preserved property, one of the town’s oldest, has a rich California history. The estate survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. It was taken over by the military during World War II and used as an Army hospital. The 8,300-square-foot main house includes seven bedrooms, an attached two-bedroom guest tower, and a “classic billiards/smoking room.” Fennwood Estate is a quintessential example of Victorian architecture in the Silicon Valley area.
Casaquerida, The Pettigrew House
1336 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, California
If there is a coherent architectural image for Palo Alto, it is the Spanish Colonial Revival style seen in the downtown area and scattered throughout its neighborhoods. This architectural style appeared in Palo Alto in 1925 when Santa Barbara designer George Washington Smith (1876–1930) designed a residence for Percy Lawton Pettigrew and Laura Doe Pettigrew nicknamed Casaquerida. In commissioning George Washington Smith to build Casaquerida, the Pettigrews chose an architect who is considered the “Father of Spanish Colonial Architecture.” Casaquerida was one of only 9 houses built in the Bay Area by George Washington Smith.
The 4,981 square foot residence is L–shaped with a two-story section rising at the west end of the front wing. A shallow pitched clay tile roof, of very dark Medium Cordova, was handmade by Gladding, McBean & Co. of San Francisco. Because the house design follows the Spanish tradition of a private shelter from the public, the front façade turns it back to the street presenting only two small, widely spaced and ornately grilled windows and a simple arched doorway. The entry hall forms a corner where the Living Room/Bedroom wing joins the Dining/Kitchen/Pantry wing. A wooden staircase ascends to the bedroom area and has thick upright balusters with spindle-shaped silhouettes. Both the staircase and the grille below it were inspired by ones depicted in Arthur Byne’s book, Spanish Interiors and Furniture. The truss–beamed ceiling supports are incised in unusual and delicate configurations. These and the patterned tile flooring add elegance to the interior.
Casaquerida is the epitome of a walled Mediterranean residence. The closed starkness of the façade contrasts strikingly with the openness of the interior leading to the rear garden. Numerous sets of French windows in the living and dining rooms create the impression that these rooms are part of the beautifully landscaped garden. George Washington Smith was one of the most popular architects in the United States. His houses, which appeared in leading architecture and interior design magazines, influenced local Palo Alto architects to design in the Spanish Colonial style throughout the 20th century and into modern day.
1 Apple Park Way, Cupertino, California
Silicon Valley came to its modern-day fame during the late 21st century as the birthplace of computers and technological innovation. Now many of our country’s tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook, to name a few call Silicon Valley home. Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters, Apple Park is projected to finalize construction by the end of 2017. The original brainchild of the late Steve Jobs, Apple Park’s 175-acre campus is truly a Silicon Valley architectural wonder. It was constructed to house a workspace for 12,000 employees, which they started to welcome in April of 2017. British firm Foster+Partners are the architects of this colossal building, which is estimated to have cost between two to five billion dollars to bring to reality.
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The spherical architectural marvel is designed for energy efficiency and self-sustainability. Most of the power for the park comes from an on-site low carbon Central Plant, 7,000 trees are set to surround the campus, and reportedly 13,300 feet of pipeline will be used to share water from the onsite recycled water plant between it and Cupertino. See the latest drone footage of Apple Park published online in September of 2017, above.
The Winchester Mystery Mansion
525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, California
Well before the invention of the computer, an earlier piece of technology, the Winchester rifle made a lot of money for the eponymous family.
Heir to the family fortune, Sarah Winchester built a house in San Jose but she claimed she was haunted by the ghosts of everyone who died at the hands of her family-made rifles. Being moved to build by spirits, she began construction on the Winchester Mystery House in 1884 and it continued until her death in 1922. During that time, it’s estimated between 500 and 600 rooms were built, but only 160 remain. The house is full of weird architectural elements, like the “Switchback Staircase” which has seven flights of stairs that are only two inches tall each.
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