I bought this rug for my son's Red Sox-themed room, and it is excellent. I priced similar rugs- ALL over $500, some closer to $600 and a few cost more than that. I worried about ordering such a big ticket item sight unseen, but don't!! It is such a great bargain and so well made, thick, etc. It does start shedding after the first week or so, but it's not too much. Furthermore, I have never owned a wool rug that didn't shed for some time. Not a big deal. Buy this!!