For a directly comparable complete Mughal ‘animal and palmette carpet’ (358 by 160cm), North India, probably Lahore, Jahangir period (1605-1627), see Sotheby’s, New York, Carpets from the Estate of Vojtech Blau, 14 December 2006, lot 54. The field shows a very similar arrangement of small animals amongst larger palmettes and flowers, and distinctive use of white raceme motifs. For comprehensive discussion of this group of carpets and fragments, see Walker, Daniel, Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, Chp. 4, The Carpets, Persian Style, pp.29-85, ‘Scrolling vine and animal pattern’, pp.45-57, fig. 41 (cat.no. 7a) for vertical fragments including a section of the lower border of the same design (Textile Museum, Washington Museum of Art, DC – Inv.R63.002), together with fig. 43 (cat.no. 7b) and fig. 44 (cat.no. 7c): Collection Howard Hodgkin, London, for illustrations of the fragments offered in this sale, lots 156 & 191.
See lot 180 for extended footnote.