Rugs are expensive. Instead of shelling out hundreds on a 9'x12' shaggy floor covering, how about using a giant photo that looks like a shag area rug? Ok, so it 's not any cheaper, but it sure is way more unique.
The "rugs" in the pictures are actually Trompe L'Oeil Floor Mats from Urban Outfitters.
You can grab one in any of the styles above for $140. They're only 66" by 46", though. So if you've got a lot of room to cover—like if your goal is to cover your ugly rental linoleum wall-to-wall with "gorgeous" "whitewashed" "hardwood" "floors"—then you might want to start saving up now.
You could DIY this project, but a quick scan of the interwebs shows that getting a photo printed on canvas would cost about the same amount for this same size. Plus you'd probably want to attach some backing, which will only add to the figure.
But still, we dig the idea. With innovations in digital photography, it's a marvel that we could even replicate the look of intricate wood floors with this much detail.
Why not replace every "wish list" home item with a high-res pic? Can't afford that Eames lounge? Just put a canvas print of it on the wall until you score one. Or just take pictures of intricately framed art. Then hang the printed, stretched canvas. Voila! Trompe L'Oeil!