If you like the look of hard wood floors but prefer the comfortable feel of carpet underfoot, Danish rug maker Ege has created a whole collection of photo-realistic floor coverings inspired by natural finishes like stone blocks and wood panels.
I've no idea how the designs are printed onto the carpets in Ege's Out of Nature collection -- I'm assuming it's done while they're being woven -- but however it's accomplished the results look stunning. In fact, at least in photos, it's hard to tell they're not the real thing.
The carpets are also far easier to install than actual hardwood floors, and slightly more practical than a hallway filled with gravel. You just need to make sure you're extra careful with them because the first spill is sure to spoil the effect. [Ege via Freshome]