Mid-19th Century Laver Kirman Included in
Pantheon of “Ultra” Offerings
OAKLAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Claremont Rug Company today announced that a 170-year-old palace-size
Persian Laver Kirman rug has been included in the annual “Ultimate Gift
Guide” in Robb Report December issue. This 15×25 carpet from Claremont’s
Elite Collection likely took a team of 10 master weavers more than five
years to complete, using over 15 million hand-woven knots.
The rug, part of a $800,000 package of travel and experiences that
includes two consultations with Claremont president and founder, Jan
David Winitz, was chosen as one of this year’s “31 Greatest Gifts of the
Season” by the global magazine for luxury lifestyle.
“Each year Robb Report does a comprehensive global search to compile its
elite gift guide,” said Winitz. “The eclectic nature of Robb’s
selections is fitting particularly because collectors of
investment-level antique Oriental rugs appreciate not only the finest,
most unique products available, but once-in-a-lifetime experiences to
The Robb article about the Claremont offering, entitled “Magic Carpet
Ride,” details the rug whose provenance was its inclusion in a 175-piece
private collection (“The Intercontinental Collection”) acquired by
Claremont in 2010. The trove had been assembled by a family over five
generations and had been housed in four principal residences in the
U.S., Europe and South America. The extremely rare carpet had not been
offered for sale previously by Claremont.
The Claremont package included: the one-in-the-world, palace-size
Persian carpet circa 1850; first class round trip airfare for two (or
landing fees for private aircraft); private consultation, tour of the
gallery, and presentation of the rug by Winitz; a suite for two nights
at a five-star hotel and dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Other “gifts” featured in the Robb issue include a $225 million
superyacht, the first private supersonic jet ($120 million), Eric
Clapton’s 1939 Martin Acoustic guitar ($1 million) and a five-day
apprenticeship for two at the Michelin three-star Restaurant at
Meadowood in the Napa Valley ($85,000).
In announcing the selections, the Robb editors said, “Robb Report’s
Ultimate Gift Guide celebrates the season by exploring the bounds of
human creativity and connoisseurship. For our 33rd
installment, the editors searched far and wide for inspiration.”
According to Robb editor-in-chief Brett Anderson, “The editors spend 12
long months searching the market for the best of the best in class for
every issue, but this annual holiday compilation devoted to the ultimate
in gift giving spotlights the most incredible products and experiences
to be found anywhere, at any time.
About Claremont Rug Company
Founded by Winitz in 1980, Claremont Rug Company‘s collection is
comprised of art-level antique Oriental rugs acquired privately by the
Gallery. “We have unprecedented access to rugs from long-established
private rug collections through our extensive global network of
buyer/collectors,” says Winitz.
Claremont Rug Company, located at 6087 Claremont Avenue in Oakland, CA
USA offers a collective inventory of over 4000 one-of-a-kind antique
carpets. Information about the 950 rugs on display on the website (www.claremontrug.com),
or others from Claremont’s vast inventory, can be obtained by calling
For Claremont Rug Company
Gary Tobin, 415-256-9490