About Us

BARBIE CAMPBELL COLE trained as an architect at the Architectural Association, London, then worked for many years as a documentary maker in Africa and Asia for the BBC and C4. For the last 15 years she has been dealing in antique jewellery and textiles from Asia and Africa, selling to museums, collectors, interior and costume designers worldwide. Her academic research into the heirloom beads of Northern Burma and Northeast India has been funded by The Bead Study Trust, ICOMOS, and the Bead Society of Greater Washington, and has been published by the Bead Study Trust and in Beads, the Journal of the Society of Bead Research.

We have a sister website selling new and antique beads and silver findings, unusual earrings, new & vintage buttons from Africa & Asia, as well as books on bead history:  www.barbiecampbellcole.com 

 We take part in textile fairs around the country (see our 'Textile Fairs This Year' page to the left), and are open between fairs at Churton Place by appointment.

 With textile dealer John Gillow, we also hold three 4-day fairs each year in Churton Place, London SW1, selling tribal textiles & costume from Asia & Africa, embroidered textiles, wall hangings, quilts & throws, shawls & scarves, clothes, antique & contemporary silver jewellery, jewellery findings & beads, & unusual earrings and much more...

 JOHN GILLOW has traveled the world studying and buying antique textiles from Africa and Asia for over twenty five years. His seven books on antique ethnic textiles have been published by Thames & Hudson and The British Museum Press. Every year he makes at least eight buying/research trips to Africa & Asia, and he stocks a wider range of ethnic textiles than anyone else in the country.
Email: jgillow@hotmail.com

Our fairs at Churton Place also sometimes included textile dealers such as:

  *MARTIN CONLAN of SLOW LORIS: Martin Conlan is an acknowledged expert in the textile arts and crafts of Chinese tribal minorities. He has traveled extensively in China for many years, collecting and trading in antique indigo and vegetable-dyed clothing, as well as modern oriental tribal clothing and textiles, including chic and beautifully cut jackets and coats in a range of subtle vegetable-dyed colours.
Email: slowloris@dsl.pipex.com Tel: 020 8858 2114

  *POLLY LYSTER of DYEWORKS. Polly Lyster sells beautiful antique linens, Provencal block prints, quilts and furnishings which she sources herself in France. She also runs Dyeworks, a company which dyes antique natural fabrics using natural dyes and environmentally safe pigments, including indigo. These dyes produce a subtle and beautiful range of colours, and she will be selling a range of her dyed antique bed linens and napkins at our fair.  She also offers customers an excellent dye colour-matching service if required.
Email: thedyeworks@mac.com     www.dyeworks.co.uk

For more information on who is taking part in our next fair at Churton Place, please call 020 7834 7474 or email us on barbie@barbiecampbellcole.com


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