This is quite a colorful rug, even a bit more brighter than the picture. I orginally purchased it for the kids play room but it didn't look quite right. I ended up putting it in my office and it goes perfectly with my bright red desk. I have it on a hardwood floor and did not put a rug pad underneath it - thick enough not to need one. The workmanship appears to be good. It is shedding a bit and thus I have taken a star from the rating to reflect this. I am very happy with the purchase.