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:

  • Baluch Embroidered Dress Front, se Persia/SW Pakistan, circa 1935, 1' 9" x 2' 3" While i have seen many, many examples of Baluch ... read more

  • Turkmen Chuval, Yomud Group(?), Central Asia, 19th Century, approx 3'6" x 2'5" An excellent example of Turkmen weaving from Central Asia. Woven ... read more

  • 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

  • Luri Chuval, w. Persia, 19th c., 3' 7" x 2' 8" It is always interesting for me to see 'chuvals' (large storage bags) ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Shirvan Rug, Caucasus Mtns., late 19th century, approx 2'9" x 3'8" a cute little rug from the Shirvan area. The small size ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Rug, ne Persia, 19th c., 3’2” x 5’4” An excellent example of a design type that i am on record as not ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Tadjik Ikat Coat, Central Asia, 19th Century Ikat coats should be beautiful and brilliantly colored as this one is. The ... read more

  • Tadjik Embroidery, Central Asia, late 19th Century, 1’5” x 1’10 An elegant and finely stitched embroidery from Central Asia. The theme of flowering ... read more
    price:  sold...

  • Tekke Turkmen ‘Amulet’, Central Asia, late 19th Century, 4” x 4” These charming ‘amulets’ are composed of silk embroidery on a cotton ground ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Uzbek Jajim, Central Asia, 3' 3" x 5' 2" The fusion of modern and tribal art is always a treat to behold but ... read more

  • Baluch "Pushti" (Bag Face), w. Afghanistan, 19th Century, approx 1'7" x 2'10" An extremely unusual example of a functional type of weaving, a ... read more

  • Afshar Rug, s. Persia, 19th century, approx 3'4" x 4'10" An extremely rare design for a rug from this tribal group, seemingly bearing ... read more
    price:  sold...

  • Baluch Pile Animal Band/Trapping, se Persia, 19th Century Among the Baluch of the Sistan region of se Persia, one finds a number of ... read more

  • Uzbek Kungrad(?) Embroidery, Central Asia, circa 1870, 2' 4" x 2' 4" a very unusual example of Uzbek embroidery that may be loosely ... read more

  • Uzbek or Turkmen(?) Jajim, Central Asia (middle Amu Darya region), late 19th/early 20th Century, 5’10” x 4’4” An exceptionally colorful flat weave, intended ... read more

  • Animal Trapping, Tibet, late 19th c., 1' x 10" Such animal trappings were used by the lead animal in a caravan, often placed ... read more

  • Afshar Rug, ne Persia(?), mid 19th century or before, 3' 7" x 5' 10" This rug, too, is mentioned in the ... read more

  • Veramin Region Torba/Trapping, n. Persia, late 19th C./circa 1900, 3’6” x 1’4” The Veramin region is a well known source for a variety ... read more

  • Shahsavan Silk Jajim (fragment?), nw Persia, 19th century, 2' 10" x 3' 9" An incredibly rare and quite beautiful textile.

  • Kurd Chuval, w. Persia, 19th c, approx 3'6" x 2'6" An extremely colorful weaving with lovely wool and fully saturated dyes. The ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Kilim from east Afghanistan, approx 4' x 10', early 20th century An rare weaving from Afghanistan, a type that is known as "Mokhari" ... read more

  • Silk Embriodered Hat, Chitral (nw Pakistan), early 20th century These hats were worn by women, not men, in Chitral. The design pool ... read more

  • Kungrad Embroidered Band Fragment, Central Asia, 19th Century, 1’8” x 2’7” (exclusive of the mount) An very rare example of textile art from ... read more

  • Ersari Chuval, Central Asia, late(?) 19th century, 4' 11" x 3' 6" a beatufully drawn chuval from the Ersari weaving groups, probably located ... read more
    price:  Sold

  • > Baluch Salt Bag, w. Afghanistan, circa 1950(?), 1’ x 1’8” An elaborately decorated salt bag from west Afghanistan, and one that we ... read more
    price:  sold...

  • Uzbek Horse Cover, Central Asia, late 19th century, 4’3”x 3’8” This flatwoven horse cover was made in Central Asia by Uzbek weavers. ... read more

  • Akstafa Rug Fragment, Caucasus Region, 19th century, approx 2'10" x 3'6" An extremely graphic example of this well known and desirable design type. ... read more

  • Khamseh Ru-korssi, s. Persia, late 19th Century, 2’10” x 2’10” a rare weaving, a full pile ru-korssi, with beautiful colors and a nice ... read more
    price:  sold

  • Animal Trapping, Tibet, late 19th Century Such animal trappings were used by the lead animal in a caravan, often placed on the forehead ... read more

  • "Khaden", Tibet, 19th Century, approx. 2'10" x 4'8" While Tibetan rugs are, for the most part, 'colorful', few include the saturation and quality ... read more

  • Qashqai Bag Face, s. Persia, 19th c., 1' 5" x 1' 4" Ostensibly, this bag face, in terms of design, is similar to ... read more

  • nw Persian Village Rug, circa 1900-20(?), 2’11” x 4’3” a charming little rug from nw Persia. The design of diagonal rows of ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Tekke Turkmen Torba Fragment, Central Asia, 19th Century (or before?), 1'7" x 1'9"
    price:  SOLD