On my screen, the middle section appears to be beige and rug appears bright. Unfortunately, beige is actually taupe (i.e., color is darker than I thought), and no shine at all. The rug is well made. I also like the design, but will definitely return rug since it makes my large room looks smaller and dull. Overstock's customer service is great! Return cost is minimal. Looks like the most difficult part of the return is lugging this huge thing to UPS.