Syndicate contentCraig Bale

Trading in Bath for over 30 years,I am passionate about old carpets and tirelessly scour the English countryside for rare, interesting and decorative pieces with an emphasis on quality at all prices. The shop is open 6 days a week and my regular clients include collectors, dealers and decorators. Many more items are available on the Haliden website and a full cleaning, conservation and repair service in my own purpose built workshop is available

  • a Tibetan animal head decoration with rare Tiger design. 1st quarter 20th century
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  • a very colourful Northwest Persian fragment, bottom border skilfully rewoven to make a useful little rug. Other that that, in very good ... read more
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  • a good Karabag rug with juicy colours, including a particularly vivid green, worn and various problems, but very cheap and possibly restorable. ... read more
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  • An unusual Karaja runner of good vintage, very pretty, with excelent dyes and well made but with lots of problems and really ... read more
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  • a very fine Khamseh rug with super saturated dyes and playfull boteh design. Near perfect condition. Circa 1880.
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  • a very old Kurdish runner with an unusual pallete and top quality wool.Very good pile, but some big holes down one side ... read more
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  • An antique Ersari carpet in with good dyes in smart, clean, floor ready condition, with no repair. late 19th century
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  • Fine antique Qasgai bag complete with back on rare green ground. some small moth holes, needs a bath, but a very pretty ... read more
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  • Antique Kizyl Ayak Chuval, beautifully made, with super fine weave, very saturated dyes and top quality wool. Look at the image of ... read more
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  • Antique Beshir Chuval face, finely woven with good dyes and shiney wool. Big and flashy with good graphic qualities. Full pile, but ... read more
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  • Antique Qasgai with shiney wool and good dyes, slightly low in places, but mostly in very good pile with no repairs. Late ... read more
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  • Antique Talsih rug with very clear dyes and good graphics. One or two very small repairs, even low pile. a solid antique ... read more
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  • An antique Ersari rug with unusual design and beautiful dyes. Rare piece fresh to the market, filthy dirty, some local mothing and ... read more
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  • An antique Bakshieesh carpet, super fine weave with strong graphics. virtually untouched condition with even low pile some local wear, unusually, it ... read more
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  • An exceptional East Anatolian Kurdish rug, very strong graphic quality, with good dyes and excellent wool. Some wear, dirty, but untouched and ... read more
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  • Antique green ground Kazak runner. Worn, a few holes, some fuchine, filthy, but restorable! Crca 1880. 276 x 132cm
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  • a good antique Serab runner in near perfect condition. Full pile, fat kilim ends and very good dyes. Late 19th century.364 x
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  • a very fine antique yomud main. Super saturated dyes, densly knotted with thick greasy pile. Some silk highlights and silk sides. a ... read more
    price:  POA

  • An antique all wool Bijar, good dyes and ivory ground. Evne low pile, just showing a few teeth here and there. Nice ... read more
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  • An antique Afshar rug. Good dyes, even low pile. Late 19th century. 205 x 172 ... read more
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  • An unusual Ersari main carpet fragment. Worn, cut and dirty, but interesting! 19th century 146 x 173 cm
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  • a beautiful Agra rug in horrible condition! Fabulous ground colour and drawing that is reminiscent of much earlier weaving. Mid-19th century. 197x120cm
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  • An unusual Uzbek Ensi(?). Good dyes including liberal amounts of blue/green. The piece is in good original condition, slight loss to bottom, ... read more
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  • a very good verneh, with excellent dyes, in mint condition. Late 19th century
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  • An antique Beshir carpet of unusual size. Some wear, very dirty etc. Nicely woven with good dyes. Mid 19th century.
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  • Unusual Kurdish carpet, 19th century, a little fushine, but mainly very good dyes in full pile. Some old,local but good quality repairs, ... read more
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  • Antique Caucasian, Borjalu (?) Kilim in very good condition with organic dyes, Nice size. late 19th century. 239 x 182 cm
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  • Antique Karaja runner, circa 1870 in "as found" condtition, filthy dirty, minor losses to ends and pile, a few cuts, but a ... read more
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  • a Bahktitari "Khan" carpet with exceptional dyes and of unusualy large size. Pretty much full pile allover, minor old repiling of high ... read more
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  • a very fine antique Khorrasan saddle cover, the piece is inscribed in twice. It has slight wear in places and the pommel ... read more
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  • a very fine antique Bahktiari tribal rug with velvety wool and beautiful, all organic dyes. a good old example woven on wool. ... read more
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  • a pair of very beautiful north west Persian (Joshlagan?) runners, with very good wool and excellent dyes including a rich aubergine, in ... read more
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  • An antique all wool Afshar bag face with good dyes and strong graphic quality. Nibbled around edges, but in pile. Circa 1880. ... read more
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  • An antique Kurdish rug with good dyes in full pile. The design is clearly based on an early Borjalu kazak. One or ... read more
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  • An antique kuba(?) rug with dripping colours and Leshgi design. Mid 19th century. about 6 x4 ft. See it in Stockholm!
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  • An antique Kurdish rug with intense dyes and great wool, near perfect condition. Circa 1870. See it in Stockholm!
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  • a good antique Qasgai with lovely graphics. Losses to ends, slightly low in places, filthy dirty,but a good old one and a ... read more
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  • Come to my stand at icoc to see this; An exceptional Kaskuli small rug woven on silk wefts in full pile. Published ... read more
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  • a very fine antique afshar small carpet with good dyes, fine shiny wool and in exceptional condition, no wear, no repair, just ... read more
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  • An antique Seychor rug, in as found condition. Some corrosian, a little local wear, sides and ends need tidying up, very dusty, ... read more
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  • a massive antique Mahal carpet in "as found" condition with many problems. Lovely deisgn and soft color pallete. Good for a brave ... read more
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  • shassavan bag
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    A pretty but worn Shassavan piled bag face with good dyes and interesting design. ... read more


  • An old saryk chuval, cut and shut, but not missing much. Some cotton white pile,Late 19th century. 152 x 86cm
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  • a good but bashed up Yomud 16 gul chuval.Many problems, but still beautiful. Probably early 19th century. 114 x 86cm
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  • a beautiful antique qasgai rug with a design more commonly found on bigger carpets. Some old, high quality repair, a few lower ... read more
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  • a very fine Yomud Asmalyk with excellent dyes, a few nibbles but otherwise in good order with no repair. lovely back. Circa ... read more
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  • a good antique Tekke main, finly made with good color. a few small losses and repairs, but nothing major. Clean and floor ... read more
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  • Old Persian Resht embroidery of very large size, about 13' x 6'. Just one or two tiny moth holes and a ... read more
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