This is a photo of the original rug hooked circa 1900.
This pattern includes the darkest value lines in the center of the rug.
The center motif is surrounded by eight hearts, on a striped, hit and miss background, set in an eight sided border of taupe and plaid medium brown. Four more hearts are in each corner. The outside border goes back to the same striped hit and miss. This square design is all about values. The lightest being used in the motifs and in the background lines. The darkest value in outlines around the motifs and in the background. The remainder is every value in between. Remember, it doesn't matter what colors you are using, just make sure you have all your values!
Photo: Pook and Pook Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers