We've lived many many years with the rug or should I say wall to wall carpeting in our house. When I say we bought the best we really did. I think it was called child proof rug not sure. But after many years its still in good shape but its time for a change. I was over to my girlfriends house her husband had just removed all their living room rug and installed the new bamboo laminae flooring. She had also bought a new coffee table. The high point of the whole room is the center under the coffee table. Being the coffee table has black and gold highlights the seven foot by eight foot rug underneath looks of Asian design. It's also black and white and turns the whole room into a showplace of beauty. She had said she purchased the rug from rugs direct online. Needless to say when my husband is out of town for a week my girl friend and her husband are coming over each night to transform our living room. Can't wait to see my husband's face.