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:

  • Detail - Complete turban, tie dye technique, n. India

  • Detail - Wool Textile, Kashmir, 19th century

  • Early cotton Textile Fragment, n. India, resist & mordant dyed

  • Wool Textile (fragmented), Kashmir (n. India), 19th c. (mounted)
    price:  Price on Request

  • Block print cotton textile fragment (detail), north India, Madhya Pradesh(?)

  • announcing - a new book on designs and the myths behind the patterns of antique weavings and textile art from Anatolia through ... read more
    price:  US $9.99 from APPLE only

  • Facharlo Prayer Rug, the Caucasus, 19th century, 4' 2' x 5' 8" Facharlo is a weaving center near the town of Borjalo ... read more
    price:  on requiest

  • Yomut Asmalyk, Central Asia, 19th century, 3’4” x 2’6” An extremely colorful example of Yomud weaving. While the design format is one ... read more
    price:  $950 + shipping

  • Tekke Turkmen Embroidered Hat, Central Asia, late 19th century The women of the Tekke Turkmen tribe embroidery a variety of textiles with silk ... read more
    price:  $300 + shipping

  • With a hint of spring in the air, link has been updated! Included in the update are a number of non ... read more

  • Shahsevan Silk Jajim, nw Persia/Azerbaijan, 19th Century, 2’ 9” x 4’4” For further images of this rare trapping as well as a full ... read more

  • Baluch Bag Face, w. Afghanistan, 19th Century, 1’ 8” x 1’ 7” For further images of this bag face, as well as a ... read more

  • Baluch Animal Trapping, se Persia, late 19th/early 20th Century, 3.5" x 5' 2" for further images with a full description, as well as ... read more

  • Baluch Prayer Rug, ne Persia (Khorassan), late 19th Century, 3’ x 5’ 9” For further images as well as a complete description of ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • For a complete descripton and all the detail and overall photographs of this Anatolian kilim fragment dating to the first half of ... read more
    price:  Sold

  • Anatolian Kilim Fragment, Central Anatolia, circa 1800(?), 12’ 4” x 2’ 7” For more informtation regarding this early kilim, you will find many ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Central Anatolian Kilim (fragment), 19th Century, 3'9" x 5'6" Featuring the classic palette of central Anatolian flatweaves, the boldly patterned kilim originates in ... read more

  • Anatolian Kilim Fragment, 18th Century, 2' 2" x 4' 10" An unusual and old example of textile art from Anatolia, with a bold ... read more
    price:  por

  • East Anatolian Kilim, 19th Century, 2'6" x 3'3" An extremely colorful example of textile art from east Anatolia, part of the current exhbition ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • East Anatolian Kilim, early 19th century (or before?), 2'5" x 6'2" (mounted, sewn on to a linen ground cloth) Rarely does one see ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, 19th Century, approx 3'11" x 10'4" An extraordinarily colorful example of Baluch weaving from the Sistan region of se ... read more

  • 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