We didn't put down a rug pad as recommended, when we removed the rug a week later, we noticed the rug has left visible marks on our hardwood floor. Not only that, we also noticed lots of dirt from the rug. In the process of vacuuming the dirt off from our hardwood floor, it scratches the floor even more. It looks fine in our dining room. But I would only recommend the rug if you plan to put it in tile/concrete surface.