I was very suprised. The photo of this rug is dead on spot to the actual color of the rug I received. My rug had a very subtle color variation in the right hand corner, but it was not a big deal since the colors are dark. This rug is located in my home office on top of high end hardwood floors. It really gives the room an old world charm. The rug did shed a small amount, but since it is wool that was expected. I've had this rug for a year now, and the shedding has almost stopped. I've gotten many compliments on it. Also, the price can not be beaten.