Thomas Cole

Spacializing in collectible Turkmen, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Baluch and Persian tribal (oriental) rugs, bagfaces and weavings as well as Central Asian silk embroidery and textile art. Featuring rare historical photographs of Central Asia, interesting articles about various aspects of different groups of rugs as well as entertaining travelogue writing with photographs and accounts of journeys through the Central Asian rug markets. Offering subscriptions to HALI, the premier publication on antique rugs & textiles.

Published articles:

  • Northeast(?) Anatolian Rug, circa 1900, 4’1” x 10’ An extremely interesting design, possibly from ne Anatolia, with a saturated palette of all natural ... read more
    price:  $1250 domestic USA shipping included

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, late 19th/early 20th c., 1’6” x 2’7” Balisht are originally conceived as ‘pillow covers’, made for dowry ... read more
    price:  SOLD $700 including domestic USA shipping

  • Ikat Panel, (mounted fragment), Central Asia, 19th Century, 10 ½” x 1’10” a soft aqua marine color provides a pleasing background for this ... read more
    price:  $475 including shipping (domestic USA only)

  • Ikat Panel (mounted fragment), Central Asia, 19th Century, 1’3” ” x 3’6” a visual delight with the curvilinear lines of design in the ... read more
    price:  $650 with domestic USA shipping included

  • Afshar Rug, se Persia(?), 19th century, 4' 2" x 5' 3”, $1500 An extremely unusual example of Afshar tribal weaving, possibly from ... read more
    price:  $1500

  • Baluch Bag Face (fragmented), se Persia(?), 19th century, 1’8” x 2’4” An exceptionally colorful example of Baluch weaving, possibly from southeast Persia. ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Uzbek Suzani, Central Asia, 19th Century, 7' 5" x 5' 10" An exceptionally nice example of this type of embroidery from Central Asia. ... read more
    price:  Price on Request

  • Anatolian Kilim Fragment, Central Anatolia, 18th Century, 2’ 3’ x 4’ 9” The simplicity of old Anatolian kilims is very striking and so ... read more
    price:  $2000 including domestic USA shipping

  • Tekke Turkmen Child’s Garment, Central Asia, 19th Century, 1’ 11” (cuff to cuff, at the widest point) x 1’ 4” (collar ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Uzbek/Non Turkmen Central Asian "Karshin", late 19th/early 20th Century, 1'8" x 2'11" a graphic and very colorful weaving from Central Asia, probably Uzbek ... read more
    price:  $335 including shipping (domestic USA only)

  • Yomut Turkmen “Torba” (small bag/trapping), Central Asia, late 19th Century, 1’3” x 3’3” a nine ‘gol’ (medallion) torba attributable to the Yomut of ... read more
    price:  385 including shipping (domestic USA only)

  • Baluch “Pushti”, w. Afghanistan, circa 1900, 2’ 1” x 3’ 2” The weavers from western Afghanistan are an ethnically diverse group, seemingly dominated ... read more
    price:  $225

  • Quchan Kurd Embroidered Hat, ne Persia, 19th Century An intricately embroidered hat from the Quchan region of Northeast Persia. The technique is ... read more
    price:  $650

  • Yomut Turkmen “Chuval”, Central Asia, 19th c., 3’5” x 2’6” Yomut weavings rarely display the aesthetic seen here with large, fully articulated ‘gols’ ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, 19th c., 4’11” x 9'8” An extraordinary weaving that explores a depth of field created through the use ... read more

  • Tadjik(?) Veil (mounted, sewn on to a cotton ground cloth) Central Asia, late 19th Century, 11” x 11” a classic woman’s “veil” attributed ... read more
    price:  $225

  • Ikat Panel, (mounted fragment), Central Asia, 19th Century, 11” x 2 9” An extremely attractive example of textile art, with some fabulous design ... read more

  • Afshar Rug, 19th Century, 2'6" x 4'4" An extremely colorful rug with a cotton foundation, suggesting the Caucasian attribution. The wool pile ... read more

  • Central Anatolian Kilim Fragment, Konya Region(?), 19th Century, 1’11" x 3' An excellent design that is considered extremly desireable. The overall pattern is ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Kurdish Bag Face, w. Persia, 19th C. Included in a website update - Please follow the link for more information/price/size/etc. link

  • Silk Velvet Ikat, Persia, 19th c. - part of a website update Please follow the link for further information/price/etc. link

  • Soon to come, a website update so... stay tuned! Enjoy the holidays.

  • Veramin Trapping/Torba(?), n. Persia, 19th c., 3’1” x 1’3” Over the years, we have all seen a number of Veramin weavings with a ... read more
    price:  OUT ON APPROVAL

  • Yomut Chuval, Central Asia, mid 19th Century, 3’ 6” x 2’ 7” Woven with a symmetric knot, this weaving was woven by those ... read more

  • Baluch Pile Animal Trapping, Southeast Persia, late 19th c., 3.5” x 4’ 8” An unusually colorful Baluch animal band, a piled band ... read more

  • Ersari Fragment, Central Asia, 19th century, 8.5” x 8.75” Believed to be a fragment from the border of what was once a very ... read more

  • Afshar Bag Face, s. Persia, 19th c., 2’ 10” x 1’ 10” a lovely bag face with a classic ‘take’ on a familiar ... read more

  • Uzbek Suzani, Central Asia, 19th Century, 7' 5" x 5' 10" An exceptionally nice example of this type of embroidery from Central Asia. ... read more
    price:  Price on Request

  • Zoroastrian Textile, West Persia, 19th century, 3’ x 1’4” Colorful textiles of this type are attributed to the Zoroastrian people of Persia, and ... read more
    price:  Please inquire

  • Tekke Turkmen Main Carpet, Central Asia, 19th c., 6'4" x 7'4" All natural dyes, good age, some wear (see detail image) Please inquire ... read more
    price:  Please Inquire

  • “Khaden”, Central (?) Tibet, late 19th century (circa 1880?), 2' 3" x 4' 7" The world Tibetan rugs commands a small but very ... read more
    price:  Please Inquire

  • Baluch Animal Trapping/Band, se Persia, 19th Century, 4” x 5’ 1” These animal bands from the Baluch weavers of se Persia, often reflect ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Camel Knee Trappings, se Persia, 19th century, 10” x 6” (each, excluding the tassels Trappings of this type were intended to be ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Turkmen Silk Textile, Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further information/images

  • Uzbek Ikat Panel, Central Asia, 19th century, 11" x 3' 3" a dynamic composition with the clever use of color and space to create a ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, 19th c., 1'5" x 2'6" Good condition, natural dyes $400 + shipping

  • Shahsevan Mafrash Panel, Karabagh region of the Caucasus, 3’7” x 2’ 4” sold
    price:  SOLD

  • Tekke Turkmen "Chuval" (storage bag), Central Asia, 19th c., 3'6" x 2'5" Complete in good condition Please inquire for further informations/images/price

  • Afshar Rug, s. Persia,, early 19th c (or before) Please inquire for more information, images & price.

  • Shahsevan “Chanteh” (personal bag), nw Persia/Azerbaijan(?), 19th c., 6” x 8” “Chanteh” are small bags woven by women in which they would ... read more
    price:  POR

  • Turkmen Embroidered "Bokche" (personal bag),Central Asia, 19th Century, 18" x 18" a rare, old and unusual embroidery, mounted (sewn on to a black ... read more

  • Baluch "Khorjin" (saddle bag), sw Afghanistan, circa 1900 Good condition, all natural dyes, no repair or re-weaves. $500
    price:  $500

  • Chodor Embroidery, Garment Fragment, Central Asia, late 1th/early 20th c., 1' 11.5" x 3.5" Possibly the cuff to a sleeve, the embroidery is ... read more
    price:  $150 + postage

  • Baluch Salt Bag, se Persia, 19th c., 1'1" x 2'1" a classic layout of design, woven in se Persia, a full pile salt ... read more

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, 19th Century. 4'3" x 10'9"
    price:  $1600 + Shipping

  • Uzbek Embroidered Hat, Central Asia, late 19th century Hats are used throughout Central Asia for various purposes, sometimes under the turban of a ... read more
    price:  $500

  • Middle Eastern Flat Woven Runner - 2'10" x 9'3" - Good Condition
    price:  $1350

  • Turkmen Tent Band (fragment), 18th(?) century Please inquire for further images/information