The color was fine; not yellow as others mentioned; workmanship was good. I expected some imperfections but they do not detract from the rug. Initially the grassy, earthy odor fades within a few weeks. I've purchased other plant-based rugs like this and they all have the earthy odor at first. I like it and am always a little disappointed when it's gone. Excellent value. Couldn't be more pleased with it.