OAKLAND, CA.- Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, today announced an exhibition of rare, 19th century art-level rugs created by tribal weaving groups in the Caucasus Mountain region of Asia. The collection of 150 rugs will be available for viewing at the Gallery, located at 6087 Claremont Avenue in Oakland, starting Thursday, February 11. A selection of 95 of the rugs can also be accessed in a special section on the Claremont website. Long-noted for his inventory of collectible antique Caucasian rugs, Winitz said there had been a dramatically increasing interest among collectors who have found them worthy, time-tested art investments. Winitz noted that 2010 was shaping up as The Year of the Rug in the art collecting world.