This runner has a neutral pattern which is slightly darker than pictured. We rolled it out of its plastic sleeve, and the odor wasn't too bad. By the second day it was all smoothed out, unlike the shorter ones I got which still have kinks. I sewed rug pads to the underside because it's very thin and it slides around. The material looks woven, and it's softer underfoot than expected. It nicely muffles the sound of my dogs paws walking up and down the hardwood floors. It doesn't show dirt. They were cheap enough that we don't care if they have to be replaced. Although, I like them more than expected and hope they last a while.