The color of this rug is a bit lighter than it appears on screen due to some beige fibers woven in. Thanks to the previous reviewers for helping me avoid that disappointment! I completely agree with the reviewer who said it looks like a heathered shirt. If you are considering this rug, I highly recommend purchasing the small 2x3 version first. After living with the small rug for a few days, I decided that the color and style really worked for my living room. I love the pattern. It adds interest to the room without being overpowering. It is also very soft underfoot. We have noticed some shedding, but that is to be expected. I'm hoping this rug lasts a long time!