This rug met all my expectations including color, the color is slightly darker than it looks on my monitor, which is what I was hoping for. It has a very rich look in color and design and the web photo really doesn't do it's justice. I have had many compliments and folks are amazed when I tell them what I paid for it. This rug is thick and heavy, I put a long heavy table and chairs on it and it really doesnt need a pad. Looks awesome on dark cherry wood floors.