I'm delighted with the quality and color of this rug. The photo color is close, but it's not as gold as the photo appears. The grey along the border is closer to natural taupe, which makes it very versatile. It's thick enough that we didn't use a rug pad, but not too thick that you'd trip on it. The design is very subtle, not quite traditional nor contemporary, almost looks like artichokes and vines, which makes this rug stand out from so many other floral designs. Excellent quality for the price.