I was concerned about buying this run online, particularly when I read the reviews -- some people saying the colors were vibrant and others saying that the colors were more muted. I am delighted with this rug, and I understand now why people have two perspectives. The rug colors are not garishly bright (for example, the red is a rust color), but at the same time the rug is very vibrant and impactful. I love the background, too. It is taupe -- more of a gray brown and a yellow brown.