I love those paw prints! Hee!
Me, I'm an oriental rug fan. I have a slew of 'em -- some Actual Antiques, others from IKEA, which has pretty amazing prices for oriental rugs. One reason I like them is that the darker ones (most of mine are predominantly red with black, beige, copper, green etc. accents) are great at hiding dirt.
Here's one of mine in the background of this pic, it's an IKEA one: