If you're looking for a charcoal-colored rug, this isn't exactly it though it's a very acceptable alternative. It just has less of the bluish tinge you'd expect of charcoal and is more of a faded or "organic" black. Still, the quality of the construction is good. The Overstock price is still a bit high for this kind of rug though, considering that I once bought a handwoven wool kilim from the Middle East (directly from there I mean) for the same price. I would not vacuum the cloth edges of this rug (except with a hand-held vacuum perhaps) for fear of the stitching coming off. We have put the rug under our dining table and since there are two other rugs in the living area that are patterned and not too far away (including the afore-mentioned kilim), a solid color works well. It will show crumbs, I'm sure, but that's not a bad thing -- at least now I'll be able to see where I dropped food and be able to pick it up!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Darker - not exactly charcoal but a weak black. The contrast between the border and the center is not nearly as sharp as in the picture.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very solid with a rubber backing. Rough to the touch, as expected with sisal, but a little softer than jute.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? OK except for the color
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes