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:

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

  • "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

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

  • 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

  • Afshar Bag Face, s. Persia, 19th c., 2’ 10” x 1’ 10” a .lovely bag face with a classic ‘take’ on a familiar ... read more

  • Veramin area bag face, 19th c., 2'4" x 2' $1400 (including domestic usa shipping)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 $700 including domestic USA shipping

  • 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

  • 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
    price:  $2000 including domestic USA shipping

  • Tekke Turkmen Child’s Garment, Central Asia, 19th Century, 1’ 11” (cuff to cuff, at the widest point) x 1’ 4” (collar ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • 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
    price:  On Request

  • Uzbek/Non Turkmen Central Asian "Karshin", late 19th/early 20th Century, 1'8" x 2'11" a graphic and very colorful weaving from Central Asia, probably Uzbek ... read more
    price:  $335 including shipping (domestic USA only)

  • 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
    price:  385 including shipping (domestic USA only)

  • Baluch “Pushti”, w. Afghanistan, circa 1900, 2’ 1” x 3’ 2” The weavers from western Afghanistan are an ethnically diverse group, seemingly dominated ... read more
    price:  $225

  • Quchan Kurd Embroidered Hat, ne Persia, 19th Century An intricately embroidered hat from the Quchan region of Northeast Persia. The technique is ... read more
    price:  $650

  • Yomut Turkmen “Chuval”, Central Asia, 19th c., 3’5” x 2’6” Yomut weavings rarely display the aesthetic seen here with large, fully articulated ‘gols’ ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • 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

  • Tadjik(?) Veil (mounted, sewn on to a cotton ground cloth) Central Asia, late 19th Century, 11” x 11” a classic woman’s “veil” attributed ... read more
    price:  $225

  • 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

  • Afshar Rug, 19th Century, 2'6" x 4'4" An extremely colorful rug with a cotton foundation, suggesting the Caucasian attribution. The wool pile ... read more

  • Central Anatolian Kilim Fragment, Konya Region(?), 19th Century, 1’11" x 3' An excellent design that is considered extremly desireable. The overall pattern is ... read more
    price:  SOLD

  • Kurdish Bag Face, w. Persia, 19th C. Included in a website update - Please follow the link for more information/price/size/etc. link

  • Silk Velvet Ikat, Persia, 19th c. - part of a website update Please follow the link for further information/price/etc. link

  • Soon to come, a website update so... stay tuned! Enjoy the holidays.

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