I wasn't sure what to expect as the photo isn't really big enough to show the intricate bead work. Somehow, I thought the beads would be bigger and more obvious but that is just what I expected. The beads aren't too noticeable. Unless you look closely, you won't really notice them. Underwhelming in terms of having beads but that has its advantages too. The basket itself is well-made, looks tasteful, and pretty. I use it as a decorative item in my living room, as well as to put a few little things in. I also like the fact that it is unusual. I am thinking of getting another one, to give as a gift. The only negative is it is a little pricey for a basket.