From the moment I saw this rug, I loved it. I waited until it was on sale, then snapped it up. The style is perfect for our decor, which I would describe as relaxed transitional chic. Absolutely love the colors, perfect for my dining room which houses a 5' round antique mahogany table. Perks up the room and love the blend of old and new. The colors are not too bold, blend very nicely, nothing garish, very tasteful! The value is incredible. I had been researching rugs for this room for a few months. Although I love fine wool rugs, I didn't feel the need to spend the money on a Turkish rug for our purposes. Just wanted something that we could enjoy for the time we're here and I believe it will hold up just fine. Re: vacuuming, I recommend vacuuming it 3-4 times when it arrives before putting furniture on it. This will get the shedding down to a low roar, then vacuum as usual.