I absolutely love this rug! It is perfect and it makes the room complete. It lays perfectly flat on my hardwood floors and is thick and full. It is under my black wrought iron and cream marble dinning room table and I did not need a pad. It is a beautiful bright cream and dark black. Paired with soft gold walls and black and cream Waverly damask window panels it makes a dramatic effect. No trouble with vacuuming. While it does shed a bit, that is totally normal. Could not be happier.