Shopping with Claremont from Southeast Florida

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Antique Carpet Trends in Southeast Florida

Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in Southeast Florida since the company’s founding in 1980, helping families build incomparable collections of art-level antique carpets. Many unique architectural styles developed in Florida during the turn of the 20th century. Our Floridian clientele appreciates the experience of pairing our fine art-level Oriental rugs with their architecturally unique Spanish Mission or Mediterranean style homes. 

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.

Persian Sultanabad Antique Rug in Traditional Miami Florida Condo Dining room
A mid-19th century Persian Bakshaish rug animates the clean contemporary lines of this Florida waterfront condominium.

Pictured above is a client’s seasonal Florida residence whose modern elegance perfectly integrates with the 19th century Persian Bakshaish rug seen here. Waves of rhythmic abrash striation in the Bakshaish rug’s eye-catching azure blue border tastefully evoke the waters nearby.

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.

Antique Persian Rug adds glamour to spa bathroom
1875 Laver Kirman Rug Creates a Spa Oasis in Miami, Florida Getaway.

Famous luxury neighborhoods such as Prospect Park and Flamingo Park are comprised of Spanish Mission, Mediterranean Revival, and Ranch-style homes identifiable for features like hardwood floors, “Florida Rooms”, or spaces with lots of natural light, used as a place to relax, and oversized swimming pools. In the photo above view a client’s West Palm Beach Mediterranean Revival home featuring an elaborately decorated bathroom with an antique rug from our collection. This delightful, diminutive circa 1875 Laver Kirman rug is the focal point of the bathroom, where the bold, inviting burgundy and indigo tones of the rug perfectly accentuate the warmth of the elaborately carved wooden vanity. The overall effect is refined and elegant, turning the bathroom into a tropical spa oasis. 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.

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 Southeast Florida

Southeast Florida’s major cities Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach have many historical homes and prominent architectural sites. Reportedly the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, the ancient Spanish monastery, Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is a hidden historical gem located in North Miami Beach. The structure hasn’t always been in Florida. Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, Cistercian monks occupied the building for nearly 700 years. After a social revolution in the 1830s, the Monastery’s Cloisters were seized, sold and converted into a granary and stable. In 1925, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the monastery’s outbuildings, dismantled them stone by stone in Spain, packed the pieces in more than 11,000 wooden crates, and shipped them to the United States. Almost 30 years later, Miami developers took on the painstaking project of reassembling the monastery in the place where it stands today.

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Maimi’s Art Deco Historic District is the nation’s largest 20th Century National Register Historic District. The area features more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s, 30s and 40s, and contains a variety of architectural styles. Most of the buildings are styled after Second-Wave Art Deco known as Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. The style is less ornate—a reflection of the scarcity of the Great Depression. Stripped Classic or Depression Moderne is a sub-style that was commonly used for governmental buildings, the U.S. Post Office being the best example in Miami Beach.

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Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create what we now call Tropical Deco. These buildings feature relief ornamentation featuring whimsical flora, fauna and ocean-liner motifs to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort.

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Fort Lauderdale was first established as a fort in 1938 during the Second Seminole War. After the war ended it remained widely unpopulated till the Florida East Coast Railroad came to Fort Lauderdale in the mid-1890s and development began throughout the turn of the century. Historical homes like the King Cromartie House and Philemon Bryan House now reside in Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Village as iconic structures of Fort Lauderdale’s rich history.

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The King Cromartie House is a one-story bungalow built by Edwin T. King in 1907 for his family. Bloxham Cromartie asked to marry King’s daughter Louise, King gave his consent and gave them the family home. The young couple added a second story to the house in 1911. Up until 1968 different members of the King-Cromartie family lived in this house. Afterwards, it was sold and eventually was obtained by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society who moved the two-ton structure from its original location via barge down river to the playground of the 1899 historic schoolhouse in Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Village.

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The Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House was built for Philemon and Lucy Bryan in 1905 by contractor Edwin T. King. Philemon and Lucy first lived in a wood frame house that had been converted into the Bryan Hotel. The New River Inn replaced the hotel. This house is built of locally made hollow concrete block in the then fashionable Colonial Revival style.

During World War II it served as a boarding house for young women whose husbands were in the service. The house is the oldest remaining example of residential masonry architecture in Fort Lauderdale. The offices of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society are located in the Philemon Bryan House.

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Continuing up the Southeast coast of Florida, you will find another historically rich metropolis of architectural wonders in West Palm Beach. First established in 1860, West Palm Beach boomed as a tourist attraction during the turn of the new century. Today many of the iconic architectural creations of the 20th century still stand such as the Everglades Club designed by Addison Mizner in 1919. Mizner would go on to establish Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival architectural styles engraining him as one of the most influential 20th century architects in South Florida. Mizner’s architectural styles still remain highly popular, continuing to influence modern building styles along the Florida coastline today.

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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.