I was really excited to receive this rug as it is just what my master sitting room needs. I was worried the hide wouldn't be as attractive as it looks in the picture. It was darker than shown, but the hide was not unattractive. It is a bit thin, but looks fine. My biggest complaint (and the reason I'm returning it) is that it is much smaller than the dimensions shown on the website. It is more like a 3 x 5 rug than a 5 x 7 rug. If it had been the correct size, I would have kept it.