Flat-weave carpet looks similar to the high quality and very expensive Navajo rugs, although it is not very thick. This carpet is only the thickness of a place mat. I have a rug pad under it. I gave the appearance a 4 star because the folds of the carpet, due to shipping, are still evident after three weeks. I am too busy to try ironing/steaming the carpet yet and quite frankly, a bit apprehensive of trying this solution.The background color of the carpet is much darker than the picture. I would definitely call it BROWN not tan! The other colors of the carpet are subtle and actually reminded me of the colors we saw during a trip through the Painted Desert of Arizona.The terrific deal on this carpet is amazing. I was looking for an inexpensive way to cover my wood floors while I decide on what style I really want for my new home, and this carpet matched my dining furniture from my home in Albuquerque, NM. It works perfectly. I actually received a compliment on the carpet already.