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Antique Carpet Trends in the California Wine Country
Claremont Rug Company has had the privilege of working with many clients in the California Wine Country since the company’s founding in 1980, helping families furnish their homes with unparalleled collections of art-level antique carpets throughout the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We invite you to contact us to arrange a home walkthrough/consultation or rug showing. Whether they live in Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga or Sonoma, our clients find that searching for an art-level antique rug is a unique buying experience. Many of our clients become interested in antique rug collecting and connoisseurship once they begin living with just one antique carpet.
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.
Above is a client’s home which exemplifies how a collection of three highly complementary late 19th-century Sultanabad carpets enhance the underlying “form follows function” theme in this newly built California home. Like the Frank Lloyd Wright-styled architecture and Craftsman hardwood furniture, the carpets’ elegant, casual allover patterns present the elements of the natural world reduced to their essentials. The best 19th century carpets often have this effect on an open floor plan, bringing together connected spaces, warm woods and fabrics and natural light into a cheerful, inviting grand space designed for living. Though the artistic heritage of each piece is well over a century old, the assemblage is fresh, contemporary and timeless.
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.
Above is a client’s modern living room that perfectly illustrates how a very rare 175-year-old Persian Bakshaish carpet with a field of undyed camel’s hair adds warmth and texture to the economy to this modern setting incorporating mud walls, pre-Columbian pottery, and a non-figurative painting.In the over 100 years since the first grape was planted in the California Wine Country, many different architectural styles have influenced the development of Sonoma County. From modern to Tuscan-style to French-inspired chateaus, we have found that art-level antique rugs can greatly enliven any style home and are especially captivating when a collection is displayed throughout the entire interior of an estate.
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. Continue reading to learn about the historically and architecturally significant wineries which shape the California Wine Country.
Historical and Architecturally Significant Wineries of the California Wine Country
Wild grapes certainly grew in abundance in early Napa Valley, but it took settler George Calvert Yount to tap the area’s potential for viticulture. Yount built one of the first homesteads in the area and was the first to plant Napa Valley grapes in 1839. Soon after, other pioneers such as John Patchett and Hamilton Walker Crabb helped introduce the first vitis vinifera grapes to the area. Charles Krug is credited with establishing Napa Valley’s first commercial winery in 1861. His success and leadership sparked a wave of new growth, and by 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation, including Schramsberg (founded in 1862), Beringer (1876) and Inglenook (1879). Below view a selection of eight historically and architecturally significant wineries in the California Wine Country today.
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
This winery seems to have emerged directly from the rolling hillsides that surround it. Sculptures, fountains, and other artworks populate this ultra-modern estate, set amid the breath-taking beauty of the Carneros region. Spanish architect Domingo Triay was hired by Artesa’s parent company, the renowned Spanish Codorníu Group.
Clos Pegase Winery
In 1984, owners Mr. and Mrs. Jan Shrem partnered with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a competition to find a visionary architect to design Clos Pegase. From an initial pool of 96 design teams, famed post-modernist architect and appliance designer Michael Graves emerged as the winner. Construction was completed in 1987 with a design that “merges modern and ancient architecture with a nod to ancient Mediterranean culture.”
If you’ve ever been to Vienna and visited Hundertwasserhaus, or if you’re a fan of Gustav Klimpt, you will be enamored by Quixote. It was designed by, Viennese architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, representing his only work in the U.S. and his final work before he died in 2000. Then-owner Cal Doumani commissioned Hundertwasser to design and build this unique property with “no straight lines” and “hints of Morocco” from 1988 to 1998.
Stags’ Leap Winery
The original Stags’ Leap Winery (established in 1893) continues a proud winemaking heritage in the prestigious appellation that bears the winery name. The estate is renowned for its landmark nineteenth-century stone winery and Victorian-era Manor House and is planted to 90 acres of vineyards- divided into 23 blocks that perfectly match each grape variety with its ideal soil type. As one of California’s earliest wine estates, its unique terroir, ideal microclimate, and tradition of stewardship supports a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is relevant today as it was over a century ago.
For more than 116 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has set the standard for crafting California wines that stand among the world’s finest. Beaulieu’s rich history and storied vineyards offer the visitor a unique opportunity to experience the finest of Napa Valley.
Located in picturesque St. Helena, Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The winery was built by Jack Riorda and a group of partners. Initially called Sunnyhill Winery, it was rechristened to Sunny St. Helena Winery a short time later. Over the years, the winery would change owners and names multiple times. In 1991, Jack Schlatter became a partner, opening export markets throughout Europe and Asia for the Merryvale brand. Sunny St. Helena changed its name to Merryvale Vineyards the same year.
Castello Di Amorosa
Owner Dario Sattui spared no expense in the 15-year buildout of his regal nod to the Tuscan-style castles of the 13th Century, even going so far as to employ authentic materials and construction methods of the period.
Italian artisans handcrafted all the ironwork and antique tiles, and the bricks we now see in the castle’s five turrets were brought over from Europe. Castello Di Amorosa even has hand-painted frescos, a torture chamber and a mote. Great care is also taken here in crafting the Italian-style wines: The chardonnay—made with fruit that is harvested at night to ensure the grapes arrive cold—is particularly noteworthy.
In the late 1970s, Claude Taittinger, of the French family behind the famous Champagne Taittinger, began his quest for a worthy American counterpart, and his search led him to a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros. Today, the Domaine Carneros chateau, inspired by the 18th Century Chateau de la Marqueterie in France, stands as an elegant homage to the legacy of Taittinger.
Designed by Napa’s Valley Architects, the luxe maison—with an opulent staircase, elegant salon, and impeccable gardens—is a grand place to take visiting out-of-towners for a fancy flight of sparklers.
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