I was very reluctant to purchase rugs online due to the difficulty and cost of returning such a large rug, but I am so happy that I did. I wasn't finding things that I liked in stores nearby -- and I live in Chicago where there are a lot of options. I ordered three large rugs (all Safavieh) and I love them all. The quality of this rug is excellent. The pile is just high enough to be soft, but it's subtle enough not to effect the pattern. The color is right on -- background is light gray/silver with denim-blue pattern. There is some shedding, but nothing crazy and I'm sure that will subside over time. Shop with confidence!