Recommendations for Attractive, Soundproof Flooring?

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Q: I have a loft-style upstairs attic space with lots of light and soaring cathedral ceilings. Currently, it's a very large expanse of light wool carpet (sorry for the bad pic, none of the whole space was available) which has seen better days. As I also have tenants downstairs and wanted to be very sensitive to everyone's sense of privacy, it seems that hardwood floors are out of the question.
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I've looked at cork flooring but it has either seemed too broken up for such a wide swath of space with the tile edges clearly visible or the colors are too retro 70's/80's for my taste:

What flooring material should I use that would at least be as sound dampening as the current carpet flooring and hopefully be much more attractive?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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