I purchased this for my husband's newly redone office. Colors are muted and easy to coordinate with other furnishings, and the design gives an Arts and Crafts feel. The background color is definitely deep brown, nearly charcoal. The red isn't vibrant, instead muted, more maroon than a true red. The rug sheds a lot when vacuumed for the first several months, but this isn't the rug coming apart and is a minor issue.