I have an old dog that was having trouble getting around on our hardwoods, so I needed something to put in my kitchen to give him better traction. Since it is the kitchen, and he's a messy, hairy dog, I didn't want to spend a lot of money as I figured anything I bought would get trashed in a year or two anyway. I had reservations about it being made of polypropelene and thus looking cheap, but it's actually really nice. I mean, if you look at it closely you can tell that it isn't wool, but it does still look very good. It also vacuums up like a dream, and my dogs hair doesn't stick to it like it has with other synthetic rugs. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.