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. www.tcoletribalrugs.com

Published articles:

  • Baluch "Chanteh" (personal bag), se Persia, circa 1900 or before, 1'5" x 1'2' Signs of use, the back (detail showing the knots from ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Bag, w. Afghanistan, circa 1900?, 1'5" x 1'8" Good condition, no repairs, natural dyes
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch 'Balisht' (pillow cover), se Persia, 19th c. 1'6" x 2'6" Silky pile, no repair, one minor spot of wear (see detail image) all ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • "Shadda" Fragment, nw Persia/Azerbaijan(?), late 19th c., 2'2" x 3'11" a fragment, condition evident, minor signs of surface wear, no repair/re-weave
    price:  SOLD

  • Yomut Group Torba, Central Asia, circa 1900 or before(?), 2'11" x 1'4" Asymmetric knot open right Cotton weft (white with some blue) Good condition, no ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Afshar Bag Face, s. Persia, 19th c., 2'8" x 2' An unusual design, with minor repair - lower left edge (2) - see ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Uzbek(?) Flat Woven Bag, n. Afghanistan, early 20th c., 1'7" x 1'9" Good condition
    price:  SOLD

  • Saddle Rug, Gyantse(?), Tibet, circa 1900 Immaculate condition Please ask.
    price:  Please ask

  • Baluch Balisht, se Persia, 1'6" x 2'7", circa 1900(?) Saturated palette, all natural dyes, good condition. Complete original flat woven back (which is unusual), ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Shahsevan Sumak Bag, nw Persia/Caucasus, 19th c., 1' 9" x 2' 3" Good condition, natural dyes
    price:  SOLD

  • Jaf Kurd Bag Face, w. Persia, 19th c, 1'11" x 1'6" Lower end re-woven (see detail image, front and back) GOOD color, overall even
    price:  SOLD

  • Afshar Bag Face, s Persia, 1'10" x 1'4" Good condition, virtually full pile, no repairs $385 including shipping for domestic usa
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Kilim, se Persia, late 19th C./circa 1900, 4’3” x 9’8” a colorful older example of flatweave work from the Baluch people of ... read more

  • Baluch Chanteh - Personal Bag, se Persia, 19th C. Please inquire for further details / information SOLD
    price:  SOLD

  • Ersari Embroidered Cuff, n. Afghanistan, circa 1900, 10" x 8" Please inquire for further details / information

  • Shahsevan Mafrash Panel, Karabagh region of the Caucasus, 3’7” x 2’ 4” sold
    price:  SOLD

  • Baluch Bag Face, Afghanistan, 19th C. Please inquire for further images/information
    price:  SOLD

  • Uzbek Flat Weave, Central Asia, circa 1900, approx 4' x 5'
    price:  SOLD

  • Fragment - Wool textile, Kashmir.

  • Detail - Wool weaving, Kashmir (n. India), 1st half 19th c.

  • Detail - Cotton textile, wood block printed (mordant/resist dyed), n. India, circa 1900 - 20

  • Detail - "Kalamkari" cotton textile, east India, complete (no damage), 19th c.

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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 "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
    price:  SOLD