Overall, the rug is exactly what I thought it was from the description. However, I was expecting the rug to have some gray throughout because of the picture, as well as the description of the product. The rug was completely black, without any gray undertones whatsoever. I was initially disappointed, as it would have looked a lot better with my color scheme had the rug had some gray throughout. But, luckily, I do have black accessories in my living room, so it pulled it all together. The description did note that the color can vary slightly, so I was expecting that the rug might be a bit darker than on the screen. But, again, I would say that based on the description, even a little bit of gray would have sufficed. On a positive note, though, this rug brings a lot of texture to a room and is very, very different than traditional rugs. The leather strips that are woven between the cotton cording make the rug have a very rugged and earthy feel ... very textured. You see shiny pieces of leather, as well as matte suede mixed throughout. It's quite heavy. Oh, and definitely put a pad beneath it. The instructions called for a pad to protect your flooring in case of bleeding. This is going on hardwood laminant flooring, so I'm not as concerned with staining. But, if you are putting this on carpet, I would strongly suggest a nice pad so you don't ruin the color of your rug in the even that the leather rug gets damp and leaves behind a stain. A really great and unique rug. Just what we were looking for.