This carpet is a late appearance of the Elizabethan tradition of three roundels with oak leaf frames placed on a lattice field. This is an arrangement that goes back to the early 16th century (M.J. Mayorcas, English Needlework Carpets, 16th-19th centuries, Leigh-on-Sea, 1963, pls. 1 and 2). The oriental features found in the border also appear on a number of English weavings, both needlework and pile carpets, dating from the late 16th and early 17th century (ibid pls. 5 circa 1600 and pl. 15, circa 1630; Sarah B. Sherrill, Carpets Rugs of Europe and America, New York, 1996, pl. 141 dated 1585).