We ended up buying a cheap (in price and construction) alternative from Home Depot. Only 1.25 years later, it looks like total crap. We're toying with getting a shag remnant somewhere, but I like to poke around to see what else is out there. I might be digging the lourdes sánchez bull's-eye rug from west elm. Not sure yet.
At $399, it's must cheaper than the plain shags we've seen. Not sure how it looks in the grand scheme: