I bought these towels in black based on both the unique design and the ratings on this website. I loved the design as it was so different and added a bit of class to the bathroom. They were very nice for the first 8 months or so. Unfortunately after using daily and laundering weekly, they began to fade and shrink, as well as fray not on the edges but in the design area. They became very narrow in the middle and flared out from the "stripe" at both ends to the edges. They are now so misshapen that I had to replace them as they look so bad. They narrowed so much in the middle section that the bath towel is so small now and barely covers me and I'm very petite at 5'1". My 6'2" husband has refused to use these towels in the last month, pulling out our old towels that we had for over 10 years. We replaced those with these when we moved and changed our decor. If your plan is to use these only for guests, they are very nice looking and will hold up longer with less use and fewer washes. If I could give less than one star, I would. I would NOT recommend buying these towels as you will regret it over time.
I bought these in red and it is a deep red; very lovely! These are quest bathroom towels. I suppose if I was buying for the master bath I would choose a heavier weight with alot of absorbency. For what I wanted them for they are perfect!!