If you forget what the original antique looked like, here is a photo of the picture which is in the Kopp book "Art Under Foot".
I started pulling out some small areas and put in darker or dirty wool to make those areas look worn. Still have more to pull and replace. But will also use some walnut liquid to age the light areas when the rug is all hooked.
Below are photos I took yesterday morning after yet another day of rain on Monday. Looking thru my kitchen window noticed the Mallard family back and they were inside the fenced area but soon exited out under the fencing to deeper water beyond the fence.
And water on each side of the house.If this wasn't enough water to contend with, there will be more rain because of the tropical storm along the east coast. Maybe I should be building a raft instead of hooking a rug.