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:

  • 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

  • Baluch Animal Trapping/Band, se Persia, 19th c., 4” x 5’3” Complete trappings of this age are nearly impossible to find these days, ... read more
    price:  On Request

  • 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:  SOLD

  • 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

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

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  • 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

  • Vintage Advertising Sign from India Please inquire for further information and detail images

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, late 19th/early 20th c(?), 1'6" x 2'6" Good condition, all natural dyes, original back intact (woven as one piece ... read more

  • Uzbek Flat Weave ("Gajari"), Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further information/images

  • Turkmen Tent Band Fragment, Yomut Group, Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further images/information.

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, 19th C. Please inquire for further images/information

  • Uzbek "Jajim" or "Bouche", Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further information/images.

  • Uzbek Embroidery, Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further images/information

  • Tibetan Rug, late 19th C. Please inquire for further information/images

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, circa 1900, 1'7" x 2'7' Please inquire for further information/images