The pillow is exactly as pictured, and the cotton material feels quite nice. I love the purple stripes. I bought a Laura Ashely bedspread at the same time, intending the two to go together, and they do. It is a good partnership. My only complaint--and the reason I didn't give this five stars--is that the back is a black dotted material. There is nothing deceptive about it; it's noted clearly in the photos and description. But why would the manufacturer do this? It makes no sense. If you want a purple pillow, and I did, you want purple, not black. It's a shame, but because I do like the front and the quality is very good I decided to order and keep it. The black backside may be an irritant, but it's a relatively small one.