As other reviewers wrote the colors of this rug are more muted. The background is definitely an oatmeal color rather than cream or ivory. However, it is a very attractive rug that looks great against our dark wood floors. It does shed and needs regular vacuuming, but I have found this to be the case with almost any rug including the expensive ones. O's price was significantly lower than the other online home retailer. Very good value for the price.