Claremont Rug Company today released the second of a continuing educational series of videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuENet9ni1A&feature=youtu.be
) designed to guide collectors and connoisseurs make informed decisions regarding acquiring antique Oriental rugs. Featuring commentary by globally recognized expert Jan David Winitz, who founded the Gallery in 1980, the video describes rugs in a proprietary Six-Level Antique Rug Pyramid he developed.
In the video, he explains the history and characteristics of Oriental rugs woven from the 13th century through modern day reproductions. Level 1 Museum-level rugs (13th through 18th century) are held primarily by royal families and in museum collections. The best 19th century rugs in Level 2 (High-Collectible) and Level 3 (Connoisseur-Caliber) are considered the prime targets for collectors and connoisseurs, art objects whose values have risen steadily since the late 20th century. Level 4 (High-Decorative, late 19th and the turn of the 20th century) are usually used in elite home décor. Carpets in Levels 5 and 6 are by and large reproductions, made with chemical dyes, and, while decorative, have virtually no investment value.
More information and additional videos are available at the Claremont website (www.claremontrug.com