You don't have to say it's nice. I know the gaudy pattern isn't everyone's bag. Our local carpet fitter told us to select the carpet design we wanted and then they sent it away to be bound at the edges.
I think it's a nice pattern, we had similar in the old house (doesn't show stains!) We've seen some lovely ones on ebay. There's a nice brown/cream/grey candy stripe one. They sell a package of the runner, 14 rods and landing carpet for £180 delivered whcih I think is a bargain. It comes bound as well. DP thinks that is expensive (it is compared to a tin of varnish) but I think it is very reasonable considering you get the landing carpet too.