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Claremont Rug Company Mounts Online Exhibition of Exceptional Antique Oriental Rugs

Eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today mounted his fourth annual online exhibition of “best of the best” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during the previous year.

A total of 40 world-class antique rugs in a variety of Persian and Caucasian weaving styles are on display. The exhibition can be accessed via http://www.claremontrug.com/2014-annual-major-antique-rug-retrospective/.

“The response from our clients as well as the art and antique collecting communities to our first three exhibits was tremendous,” said Winitz, author of “The Guide to Purchasing an Oriental Rug.” He noted that clients and connoisseurs from more than 55 countries had viewed the event last year.

“In 2014, we acquired a major trove of rare 19th century rugs, the Houston Collection, and several smaller but equally important private family inventories,” he said. Twenty-one of the Houston Collection rugs are included in the 2014 “Best” exhibit.  

“The ‘Best of the Best Rugs Sold in 2014’ online event contains rugs from 23 weaving groups, all of which present extremely innovative pattern language and exotic dyes, many of which came from natural dye recipes that have now been lost,” said Winitz. The prized weaving styles that contain the most entries are Caucasian rugs (10 pieces) and Persian Bakshaish rugs (seven pieces).

He also noted that all of the rugs in the exhibit are either “museum-level” or  “high-collectible,” the second tier of Claremont’s proprietary six-tier Rug Pyramid©, which classifies rugs by their rarity and collectability as fine art and antiques.

Founded by Winitz in 1980, Claremont Rug Company‘s inventory is comprised of art-level Oriental rugs acquired privately by the Gallery through its extensive team of buyers. “We have unprecedented access to rugs from long-established private rug collections through our extensive global network of buyer/collectors who seek out rugs of great beauty and provenance.

“The rugs chosen are at the pinnacle of their respective weaving groups,” Winitz said, “and are in superb condition relative to their 140 to over 200 years of age. Many have never been seen outside the private collections where they resided.” 

 Rugs of particular note are:

  • Persian Bakshaish, 8’2” x 10’10”, early 19th century
  • Persian Qashqai Shishbaluki, 3’6” x 5’11”, circa 1800
  • Caucasian Akstafa Camel Hair, 4’2” x 10’6”, circa 1850

The Claremont inventory is comprised of nearly 4000 Oriental rugs, all from the Second Golden Age, ca. 1800 to ca. 1910, and nearly all of which are in the second, third and fourth tiers of the Pyramid.  Individual rugs are valued from $20,000 to more than $500,000 per carpet. The exhibition will run online thru March 22, 2015.

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