It is not even close to the picture shown, where it shows med. purple color it is actually almost Black. Not at all what I wanted. the purple velvet strip is beautiful, If you like black it is beautiful, It is a very designer feel bed spread, but so dark. I added light purple euro pillows which makes a huge difference. I don't think I will be keeping this though as it is not what I had in mind. I said No on recommending this to a friend because it looks nothing like the picture. However if you don't mind the black, it is a beautiful comforter set.