ID Victorian ingrain carpet?
I found this carpet heaped in a pile at an estate sale yesterday. There was no room to spread it out and look at the pattern at the sale, but I had a gut feeling and bought it based on its color scheme. Once I got it home and spread it out, I looked at the pattern and the construction (it's composed of long strips that are sewn together) and thought it must be a Victorian ingrain carpet. I have never examined one in person, though, so I'm not sure. It's very big, about 17 x 17 feet, and I'm pretty sure it's wool based on its smell (that wooly smell!), its scratchiness and its very heavy weight. Can anyone help me ID the carpet, and perhaps an approximate date or period?
Also, how should and where should I store it without causing damage to it? Some areas of the joining seams are a little loose and there are a few small ancient-looking patches on the underside that are falling off. Otherwise it's in bright, nearly unworn shape and I'd like to keep it that way until I can figure out where to put it. The rooms in my current house are a little too small to accommodate it...
Last, any idea what it's worth? Just asking out of curiosity. :)
The pattern (with a cat for scale purposes, or something)
Closeup of one of the joining seams and the selvage. My camera flash is washing the colors out in this and the next photo.
Closeup of the texture of the weave