I received this lovely big rug today and was most suprised at how fantastic it looked on my hardwood floors. I bought it with some trepidation - have never purchased a rug on-line. It goes with everything - is a great compliment to my pale yellow walls - I bought the red trim. It's light (in weight) - multi-neutraled - and gives the room an airy, almost tropical retreat feel. I'm using it for my home office and can honestly say that this rug is going to make this a place I look forward to working in. True, it isn't soft - but your are purchasing this rug for textural appeal to the eye. It creates a certain atmosphere - casual with great character. I highly recommend it. And it has actually caused me to clean up my office because now it is a place I'll be proud to show off when I have guests. When I had just boring old cheap throw rugs about, I'd keep the door closed and allow no entry when I had little soirees. Also, I read some complaints from other reviewers about the smell - but the smell is one of newly mown hay - people spend lots of money on scented candles and oils to create this charming country smell. I hope the sweet fragrance NEVER goes away. And now I'm even saving on candles in here! It's a great buy and worth every penny (and it isn't very many pennies). Buy this rug today!