The color is lovely. I always wash new items before using, and the amount of lint that came off of these totally clogged the drier's lint trap and covered the rest of the wash load with lint as well. I put them through two drier cycles to try and get rid of more lint, but to no avail- they are still leaving lint boogers all over the place. I hope the shedding will stop so that I can use the towels without ending up covered in lint. I guess there's a reason why they were such a "good deal." Sigh.