I ordered several packages belonging to this same group of toweling. The 8-pc bath towel set, after having to cut off the loose threads, washing them, cutting off more loose threads are actually pretty absorbant and soft. The 'toast' color is kind of inbetween gold and taupe, which I found very pleasing and restful. Unfortunately, the set that I ordered that included 2 bath mats in the same color, when I finally did get them were a sick, baby puke shade of orange-yellow and do not blend in with the nice color of all the bath toweling. Oh well, you live and learn. I buy all our bedlinens from Overstock and have always been more than pleased. Maybe I should just stick with that.