Robb Report Ultimate Gift Guide Features Important Antique Oriental Carpet From Claremont Rug Company

Mid-19th Century Laver Kirman Included in Pantheon of “Ultra” Offerings

The 170-year-old palace-size (15x25) Persian Laver Kirman rug likely took a team of 10 master weavers more than five years to complete, using over 15 million hand-woven knots. (Photo courtesy of Claremont Rug Company)

OAKLAND--()--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 15x25 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 accompany them.”

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 (, or others from Claremont’s vast inventory, can be obtained by calling 1-800-441-1332.


For Claremont Rug Company
Gary Tobin, 415-256-9490

Release Summary

Exquisite 170-year-old Oriental palace size carpet from Claremont Rug Company selected by Robb Report for inclusion in the Ultimate Gift Guide.


For Claremont Rug Company
Gary Tobin, 415-256-9490