Warp: cotton, white, natural Z5S
Weft: cotton, beige, natural Z3S, 2 shoots alternating
Pile: wool, Z2, aysmmetric open left, average 30 degree warp depression
The knot count is approximately 10H x 13V per square inch.
There are two other known border fragments from the same carpet as this fragment. One, depicting a leaping lion and a running dear was sold in the Bernheimer Family Collection sale, Christie's London, 14 February 1996, lot 44 and another is in the Keir collection (Robinson, B. W. et al.: Islamic Art in the Keir Collection, London, 1988, ill. T32, p. 84).
These fragments fit easily into a group aptly described as Mughal animal carpets. There are two well-known complete carpets from the same group with the same combination of naturalistic plants, leaping animals and symmetry in the field design: The Sackville Mughal Animal and Tree Carpet in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Walker, D., Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era, New York, 1997, fig. 33, p. 42) and the Widener Carpet in the National Gallery (ibid., fig. 48, p. 55).