The rug came in a bit damp in the packaging, so it had to be aired dry before use. Initially the rug sheds a good bit, so I would recommend vacuuming a few times prior to use. The rug is a bit muted in comparison to the photo image provided, but it still is a beautiful rug that looks like it can handle a fair amount of traffic. We're using it under our dining table and it looks great with the dark colored wood of the table. Satisfied with purchase.