Looking through the pages of DWELL every month, you'd think the only acceptable flooring materials for a modern home are poured concrete and sustainably harvested bamboo—that comfortable feet on cold mornings, acoustic insulation and children without banged-up knees are all acceptable losses in the name of a minimal arty look. It's one thing to bring a supremely uncomfortable Mies van der Rohe chair or Le Corbusier chaise into your house; you can always choose not to sit on it. But we've gone too far with the elimination of carpet from the modern design vocabulary. Form doesn't follow function just so that it can club it over the head and steal its wallet.

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