we just finished laying pine flooring, which looks great but dents and scratches easily. we needed some carpeting for the high traffic areas but had very little money left to work with. It seemed that the oriental carpets we had in mind were WAY out of our price range. Then at an Ocean State Job Lots in Chatham, MA we happened upon a large selection of really good looking italian and oriental carpets. They were so inexpensive that we were able to buy enough for our whole downstairs. Several years later, they still look terrific. Job Lots has a lot of cheapy stuff too but every now and then you can get a great deal like we did.