We don't have rugs in most of our rooms, but there is one in the living room. It really needs to be cleaned, but that would cost more than the rug cost originally! So I haven't gotten around to it yet. The floor underneath looks nice, so maybe I will just remove it. But our house is already pretty echoey (is that a word?). I think if you have enough soft furniture, etc., to handle the noise issue it should be fine!