Replace or attempt to repair original tapestry on 1860s chair?
I just bought a great 19860s rocking chair over the weekend. It has its original finish and upholstery. I LOVE the original tapestry design and I think it really makes the piece. Unfortunately, it's so worn and faded that I don't want to leave it as is.
After browsing extensively, I think I'd be hard pressed to find another period textile that would look similar to the original design, that would be in my price range, AND that wouldn't make me cringe to cut up. I also haven't found any reproduction textiles that look remotely like the original design.
I know how to do needlework, but I'm no pro. Am I insane to try and attempt to repair/redo the original pattern? Should I just replace it instead? If you were me, what would you do?