The lines in the design are more of a dark taupe, while the inside of the "diamonds" are more of a grey-taupe, with a lighter cream-taupe in the middle. The black is more of a very dark inky blue. I was expecting it to be black, but that actually works well with my color scheme. the mixture of various shades of taupe / creams make it suitable for many situations. Shedding is minimal, no more than expected of a new rug.