I was concerned about shedding but it's not very much at all, just very tiny threads, not big fluffs usually found on wool rugs. I really like the carved design, it's very precise. The blue is a lovely marine blue, and the green is a bit less vibrant but beautiful. The background is not ivory, it is more of a light beige. After unrolled, it does lie completely flat. I'm not needing a rug pad as I have a couple sofas sitting on the edges. Feels soft on your feet. I had to send another rug back, from a different manufacturer, the colors were so poor, but this manufacturer gets it right.