Isn't it fun to view a decorating scheme that has an unexpected element? Striped cotton rugs are inexpensive and are ever so POPular because they add POP to any design.
I'm not an advocate for taxidermy - prefer my animals alive and healthy - but the rest of the design is contemporary, refreshing, and chic.
Forget the rug - get daring and paint your floor!
Think about adding a little pizzazz to your decor with stripes - or even Dalmation dots!