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 This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/233,680 filed on Sep. 19, 2000.
 The invention generally relates to the field of carpet and floor covering, specifically to the area of self contained flooring systems.
 Floor covering has included a vast array of materials such as ceramic tile, wood, carpet, carpet tile and other materials. Equally as numerous have been the methods for installing and securing flooring, either permanently or temporarily, to subfloors. Traditionally, among other approaches, flooring systems have used surrounding walls as a method of containing and securing the flooring material. However, this method provides very little flexibility to the installer of the flooring system. Using existing walls as lateral support for flooring materials requires that the installer invest substantial time and labor to fit the flooring materials to the existing subfloor. Accordingly, a need exists for a method or system that allows floor tiles to be contained and laterally supported by a means other than the existing walls of the structure.
 This invention is a self contained kit or a group of components from which a purchaser can assemble an area rug. A four-sided frame surrounds modules of carpet or carpet tile bounded by the frame, which also provides transition from the carpet to the floor on which the assembly lies. Frame members may be attached to a fabric that underlies the modules, and that fabric may bond to the modules or the floor or both to prevent lateral movement. The frame members may be made of plastic, wood, metal, ceramic, marble, or other suitable materials.
 Objects of this invention include:
 To provide components salable through retail outlets for producing an area rug.
 To provide systems and methods for containing replaceable wear surfaces without reliance on interior walls of a room for lateral support.
 To provide an efficient method of installing replaceable wear surfaces in any room with a minimal investment of time and labor.
 As the following description and accompanying drawings make clear, these and other objects are achieved by this invention.
 The exterior base
 The replaceable wear surface
 The cloth
 The components of flooring system
 The exterior base
 The system described above can be marketed and sold as a kit
 An advantage of this invention is that it provides systems and methods for installing free lay replaceable wear surfaces with a minimal investment of time and labor.
 Another advantage of this invention is that it provides systems and methods for containing many types of hard and soft replaceable wear surfaces without the need for lateral support or containment typically provided by interior wall surfaces.
 Yet another advantage of this invention is that it provides systems and methods for a flooring structure where the surface may be easily replaced.
 Still another advantage of this invention is that modules of the replaceable wear surface may be assembled in multiple configurations in order to obtain multiple designs with the same components.
 An additional advantage of this invention is that the rug may be installed in oddly shaped rooms with a minimal investment of time and labor.
 While various embodiments of this invention have been described above, these descriptions are given for purposes of illustration and explanation. Variations, changes, modifications and departures from the systems and methods disclosed above may be adopted without departure from the spirit and scope of this invention.