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:

  • Beaded Fan, Rajasthan, circa 1900. Turkmen Flat Woven "Kap", 19th c. (SOLD) Uzbek Embroidery, Shakrysabs region, 19th c.

  • "Khaden", Central (?) Tibet, 19th c., 2'6" x 4'4" An artfully drawn, finely woven with a saturated and well conceived palette (ie. not ... read more

  • Details of a few things on display at this time!

  • Yomut OkBosh, Central Asia, 19th c., 1'1" x 1'10" a flat woven Yomut group "OkBosh", in good condition (some signs of use, but ... read more

  • Baluch Bag Face (fragmented), w. Afghanistan, 19th c., 2'x 2' An old, albeit a bit fragmented on the edges, with good colors as ... read more

  • Animal Trapping, Tibetan Plateau, circa 1900, 4.5"a x 2'6" Rare (in the present day marketplace) and unusual animal trapping from Tibet. Good color from ... read more

  • Baluch Salt Bag, se Persia, circa 1900 or earlier(?) Colorful, good condition as well as a good design. All natural dyes, and ... read more

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, 19th c., 1'6" x 2'5" Saturated colors, all derived from natural dyes Good condition, silky pile with no repair or ... read more

  • Afshar "Chanteh", s. Persia, 19th c., 18" x 10.5" Interesting drawing, with tertiary elements randomly scattered on the midnight blue field Unusual border suggesting ... read more

  • Baluch Saddle Bag, sw Afghanistan, 19th c., 1' x 2'2" An unusually colorful as well as old example of flat weave work from ... read more

  • See this rug and more colorful and collectible rugs and bags from October 12 - 19. By appt. only

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, circa 1900, 1’6” x 2’5” Good condition (no holes, no repair), with the original complete back as ... read more

  • Kirghiz Applique, Central Asia, circa 1900, 1’6” x 1’6” a very graphic appliqué textile put together in Central Asia by the Kirghiz. ... 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

  • 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

  • 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 end. Priced ... read more

  • See this rug and more colorful and collectible rugs and bags from October 12 - 19. By appointment only.

  • 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

  • Kurd Mafrash Pile Mafrash Panel, nw Persia, 19th c., 22" x 19" Please inquire for more information/details.

  • Tulu, Central Anatolia, circa 1950(?), 4'3" x 6'1" Good condition, no repairs, $750

  • Child's Ikat Coat, Central Asia, 19th C. Please inquire for further details/information

  • Kurdish Bag Face, w. Persia, 19th c., 1’11” x 1’8” a colorful Kurdish bag face with excellent drawing, ie. the ‘birds heads’ or ... read more

  • Veramin Bag Face, Persia, 19th c., 2’ x 2’2” a colorful and visually engaging bag face from the Veramin region of north/central ... read more

  • Kyrgyz or Uzbek Felt, Central Asia, 19th c., 5’8” x 11’3” Older than many we see, the distinguishing feature of this felt floor ... read more

  • Block Print Cotton Textile, India, circa 1900, 5’10 x 8’11” a large and intricately patterned block print textile from India. Apparently made ... read more

  • Baluch Bag Face, w. Afghanistan, 19th c., 2’ x 2’2” The design seen here is not uncommon but seems to appear only ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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