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:

  • Tekke Turkmen Embroidered 'Talisman', Central Asia, late 19th c., 4" square Once part of a canopy used over the camel bearing a woman ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, 19th c., 1'6" x 2'7" An older, very colorful balisht in relatively good condition (selvedges on one side slightly ... read more

  • Shahsevan Jajim (flat weave), ne Persia, 19th c., 6'10" x 7'1" All natural dyes, no damage or repair Please inquire for pricing and further

  • Anatolian 'Sleeping Rug' or Yatak/Tulu, mid 20th c., 3' x 6' Good condition, no holes or repair $750 domestic usa shipping included

  • Anatolian 'Sleeping Rug' or Yatak, mid 20th c., 4'3" x 5'9" Good condition, no holes, no repair. great wool soft and silky $750 ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht(?), ne Persia, 19th century, 1' 5" x 3' 1" The function of this enigmatic weaving from ne Persia is unclear. ... read more

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

  • Kyrgyz "Ok Bosh" (wool felt with wool/cotton embroidery), Central Asia, 19th c., 1'2" x 2'7" (excluding tassels) It is rare ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, 1'6" x 2'7" Good condition with the original flat woven back. $475 (domestic usa shipping included)

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, late 19th/early 20th c., 1'5" x 2'4" An example of what some might call a "Salor Khani" design type. The ... read more

  • Veramin Region Bag Face, n. Persia, 19th c., 2'9" x 2'10" Good pile, complete bag face (half of a "khorjin"/donkey bag). All ... read more

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, late 19th c., 4'3" x 10'10" All natural dyes, good condition. US $1600 (domestic usa shipping included)

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

  • Kurd Bag Face, nw Persia, 19th c., 1 '4" x 1' 2" The lustrous, meaty wool of this weaving is rather surprising. The ... read more

  • Baluch Salt Bag, se Persia/SW Pakistan, 19th Century, 1’ x 1’ 8 The geographical origin of this salt bag is not completely ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Luri ‘Chanteh’ (personal bag), s. Persia, 19th c., 10" x 2' 3" (excluding the mount) A fragmented but beautiful example of Luri weaving, ... read more

  • Tibetan Rug, 19th c., 2'8" x 6'3" In good condition, an unusual size (uncut, not a fragment) with all the colors derived from ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • "Perspective", taken in New Orleans in 2016. Featured in "Standing In The Shadows: New Orleans in Focus" The print measures 24" ... read more

  • Tekke Turkmen Torba, Central Asia, 19th Century, 3’ 6” x 1’ 6” The six gol torba format is perhaps one of the more ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Turkmen Embroidered Talisman, Central Asia, 19th c. 4" x 4" Reserved for use in canopies spread over the back of a camel for ... read more

  • 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

  • Kurdish Bag Face, w.(?) Persia, 19th c., 2' x 1'9" The field might look “familiar” in terms of design type with the so ... read more

  • Lori Bag Face, w(?) Persia, 19th c., 1'10" x 1'8" Brilliant colors and unusual design Obvious condition issue with missing border on bottom ... read more
    price:  OUT ON APPROVAL

  • Tekke Turkmen Chuval, Central Asia, 19th Century, 3’5” x 2’6” Weavings attributable to the Tekke become increasingly more difficult to find even though ... read more
    price:  Please inquire, you might be pleasantly surprised?

  • "Khaden", Central(?) Tibet, late 19th c., 2'7" x 4' 6" In good condition with all natural dyes, this rug from the high plateau ... read more

  • 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

  • Tekke Turkmen Main Carpet, Central Asia, 19th c., 6'4" x 7'4" All natural dyes, good age, some wear (see detail image) $3800 (including domestic ... read more

  • Flat Woven Runner, Syria, circa 1900, 2’10” x 9’3” a lovely runner from Syria in perfect condition with a saturated palette. The ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht(?), ne Persia, 19th century, 1' 5" x 3' 1" The function of this enigmatic weaving from ne Persia is ... read more

  • Afshar "Chanteh" (small personal bag), circa 1900 - 20, s. Persia, 11" x 7" Good condition, no repair/re-weaves, all the colors are derived ... read more

  • Kurd Bag Face, nw Persia/S. Caucasus, 19th c., 1’10” x 1’9” One of those difficult to attribute weavings from nw Persia. ... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Embroidered Hair Piece, Uzbek, Central Asia, 19th c., 5” x 2’ 1” Embroideries of this type/shape were used by women to be ... read more

  • Uzbek Embroidery, Shakhrysabs Region of Central Asia (Uzbekistan), 19th century, 3’2” x 3’2” The provenance (geographic origin) of these textiles can be ... read more
    price:  On Request

  • Non Turkmen Central Asian/Uzbek(?) "karshin" (bag face), late 19th Century, 1'6" x 2'6" a colorful bag face displaying a well composed and balanced ... read more
    price:  $275 including domestic USA shipping

  • Luri ‘Chanteh’ (personal bag), s. Persia, 19th c., 10" x 2' 3" (excluding the mount) A fragmented but beautiful example of Luri weaving, ... read more
    price:  $550 including domestic USA shipping

  • Afshar Bag Face, s. Persia, 19th c., 2’ 10” x 2 1” a familiar design type practiced by the Afshar weavers of the ... read more
    price:  $750

  • Yomut Turkmen Embroidery, Central Asia, circa 1850, 10”x 9” An old and rare embroidered “bokche” (small personal bag, originally folded in an ... read more
    price:  on request

  • 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

  • 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