I'd recommend this rug. I have owned this rug for a year now. It is in my kitchen and has held up very well in a high-traffic area. The rug has relaxed a little as it's gotten more "worn-in" but still looks very nice. The rug does shed, but that is to expected with a thick jute rug. It has not split in any of the seams, which can happen with this style rug. If you have pets with claws, be aware that they can get stuck in the jute. I did not purchase a rug pad, and this rug is on hardwood flooring - so far, no problems!
I love this rug. It's perfect for the space I needed it for. I originally was looking at a round rug but decided it would stick out too far, then I saw the oval. The quality is great and the price even better. Very, very pleased. I have it under two small swivel chairs with a nesting table in between. I created a smaller conversational space w/in a bigger room. It's perfect!
This rug is precisely what I wanted. Rugged (I have it in a traffic area of a large kitchen) yet soft enough to be comfortable, and very nice to look at, the colors go great with wood, and are precisely as shown in ad. I am thrilled with this rug.