I took a chance and purchased this rug after searching other sites and local stores. This rug was about half the price and looks to be the same quality. The banding is perfect in my room. It is not what you normally think of as chocolate, it is more like milk chocolate. The size is not a standard size and again perfect for my room. It does have the smell of a natural fiber (which I love) but it did go away in a day or two. Walking on it with bare feet is like having a little massage. I highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a seagrass rug. I LOVE IT!!