I received the braided jute rug 4 days after ordering and it has met my expectations completely. I wanted a casual, natural-fiber rug to soften the tile floors of my beach home, and this rug is the perfect solution. I told my husband only a few hours before the rug was to be delivered that I had bought it. He always preferred all tile - not wanting to cover it ever - but I felt we needed something to absorb the echo-chamber sound, soften the overall look of the living room, and define the area. I told him if he still didn't like it, we could move it to another room. He grudgingly agreed it was nice so it looks like it will stay. It is soft to walk on, looks great, and did not smell at all. The color is not entirely the same overall, like the photo, but that's undestandable when dealing with natural fibers. We put a non-slip pad underneath and I only hope that the legs of two of our living room chairs won't cause any damage by digging into the braid.