I bought this rug for our son's room Jan of '09. The color is no where near the vibrate blues as shown online, it's more muted pale blue/grey tones. Although it's not what we expected, the color actually looks nice in the room, especially with his antique-black furniture. And it's a more 'calming' color.Yes, I too, have experienced the constant pilling. It continues shed to this day, but not as much as when it first arrived. (but enough that I notice it to be an issue, beyond typical rug pilling) But it definitely is a good quality rug, because after all the shedding it still looks fantastic.Our rug did not have that 'new rug smell' at all.I hope it becomes available online, along with a matching runner or other smaller sizes.