Duvet is as adverized, also color was as shown. I laundered duvet and shams. Since they are 100% cotton I dampened them before ironing. Shams and duvet pressed out beautifully. I'm a little OCD about pressing pillow cases and such so I couldn't resist altho for many ironing would not be necessay. I did find that pressing inhanced the softness and smoothness of the cotton. This is a heavy duvet due to the tread count but I prefer that. I am using it with a down alternative comforter with a 400 thread count which makes this combination somewhat heavy. However that is what I was looking for so I am completely satisfied. Construction is very nice. Seams are bound to limit fraying.