Sure, you’ve seen all sorts of flooring options for your luxury home: bamboo, assorted hardwoods, vinyl laminates, stained concrete, and even cork, but there are some new choices that you just might want to get underfoot as soon as possible.

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Most would agree, fine leather evokes a certain richness, and that’s certainly true as a distinctive floor covering. Available in a variety of types, textures and colors, Eco Domo leathers offer durable, resilient flooring with a density similar to Red Oak and a wear layer similar to quality hardwood floors. The high performance recycled leather is easy to install in tiles or planks. They work well in most areas of the home, with the exception of areas prone to wetness or moisture like baths and kitchens. Rich, smooth textured stock colors run the gamut from pale pearly white, to caramel toffees to blue, purple, and oxblood or black crocodile. Looking for something even more unique? Choose the ultimate experience by creating a custom just-for-you color and style.

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House of Tai Ping carpets and rugs grace the most prestigious addresses in the world, including embassies and palaces. Their brand, famed French carpet maker, La Manfacture Cogolin, celebrates the work of the late Christian Bérard, the renowned French artist, fashion illustrator and designer known for his work from the 1920’s – 1949. In the mid-1930’s Bérard was commissioned to create a carpet design for Nelson Rockefeller’s Fifth Avenue triplex. Now, several of his archival gouaches are available in Cogolin’s new collection, Idylle.

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“In developing Idylle, it was important for us to maintain the authenticity of Bérard’s unmistakable brushstrokes and palette of his drawings while also staying true to the way Cogolin has been hand producing rugs since 1924,” says House of Tai Ping Global Creative Director, Jean-Pierre Tortil, who handpicked the selection of Bérard motifs. The bespoke, handwoven, hand-knotted wool rugs are ideal for the sophisticated home décor. “The collection is as bold as Bérard’s historical impact and as beautiful as his work in fashion, design and theater.”

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When only sleek and chic will do, consider the unique, low-iron, glass tiles from UltraGlas. Lead-free monolithic, “high-fired” color pigments fused into the glass create a permanent bond that won’t peel, separate, bubble or react to temperature differentials. With a range of 31 opaque and 16 standard colors there is a rainbow of variety, but if you need something specific, you can customize colors, color combinations, size, shape, pattern and thickness. The contemporary styled tiles are non-abrasive and non-absorbent, and if used in a wet environment, a non-slip coating is recommended. Their impact resistance is comparable to or greater than that of ceramic tile. Go for it with all glass tile flooring or create a glass border around carpeting.

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There’s a wood like no other, and it makes for one magnificent statement. Koa, the exotic Hawaiian hardwood used in ceremonial canoes, can range in color from yellow, gold, red and pink. Koa isn’t easy to grow. Tender shoots of the tree are a favorite of wild cattle and pigs and the species range is limited to a single set of islands and certain elevation for growth, making it rare and prized. The wood has an optical, reflective luminosity that makes it a stunning floor choice with a hefty price at $100 – $400 per square foot at Hearne Hardwoods. If you are looking for something less costly, but still more distinctive than typical hardwood, Rick Hearne recommends Quarter Sawn French Oak or English Brown, both at about $35 per square foot. More exotic and imported hardwood choices are available with over 75 varietiesto create the floor of your dreams.

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