We bought a new sofa and ottoman. I learned last time that my German Shepherd likes to lay against the ottoman and it was too late to save it. So I bought the black and white to lay over the end that our dog likes. It works perfectly and I can shake it out and wash it when necessary. Plus the color is a great match with the sofa. Price was right on and it is really well made. Not really a heavy throw if you are looking for warmth but just to keep a chill off would be fine.