Rug looks a little "rougher" in person as far as the weave goes. If you are looking for a "perfect" sort of rug, don't get this one. It has a lot of character (imperfections) in the weave. I was going to put it in one of our downstairs rooms (playroom or living room) but after getting it, I decided to throw it over the existing (old, flat) wall to wall carpet in my boys' room. We are going to do a navy/orange theme, which I think will work nicely. Hoping the kids don't pick at it...it's the kind of rug a kid or pet could probably ruin pretty easily if they put their mind to it since there is a lot to pick at. It has been shedding a lot of threads and fibers too, but I haven't vacuumed it yet, so hopefully that will help. I probably wouldn't buy it again for what I was looking for, but it was a good price for a huge rug that added some color to a bedroom, and I really appreciate the fact that it's natural materials and no glued on backing that can break down over time. Regarding the back, it's basically reversible, except if you look really close, the ends are sewn under, so I guess there is officially a right side up...but most people wouldn't notice. If putting on hard flooring, will need a non-slip pad. Works fine with no pad on our thin wall to wall carpet. I think the description mentioned there was red in the rug...but not really. It's all orange with bits of tan.
This rug is beautiful! I was amazed at how heavy it is & expect it to last and last - that's the hemp! My only complaint is that not all ends of the weaving are tied off well. I've had to re-tie in a couple of places. Not a big deal & easy to do. That's the only reason I'm giving it a 4 rather than a 5. I love the rug. So do my dogs.