The duvet cover and shams are exactly as pictured. The material is soft however it is pretty thin. I'm afraid it will wear out in a year or so. Given the price, I guess we couldn't expect a higher thread-count so I am still rating the value as Excellent and would purchase again.
Threw this in the dryer thinking I would have to iron. It came out looking good. I use it with all season down alternative comforter and it looks great in my guest room. I purchased the beige/white one and the color was perfect. Nice neutral which I paired with navy blue.