I ordered this for my enclosed porch. It is very durable and a very thick/heavy quality of sisal. The border is also pretty substantial and made of a strong nylon material. This is perfect for an area that has high traffice including, kids, dogs, etc. because it can get wet and handle dirt and not look dirty. It's very pretty and fits in with my Moroccan theme. My husband complained about a strong smell and made me keep the porch door closed from the rest of the house for about a week. I honestly just thought it smelled natural/woodsy and it didn't bother me at all. It's how I would expect a beach house to smell. If you are sensitive to smell, I might air it out in the garage.