I'd purchased a rug of this type a couple of years ago and returned it due to a bad smell and had given up on the idea of an "islandy" motiff but decided to check again. Read the reviews and took a chance given Overstock's great return policy. Rug had a slightly musky smell when opened but quickly disappated and settled into the smell of nice tea - which is what I had read on one of the reviews. I actually took a chance on this rug due to reading the reviews. This has a great look and the only negative is that it is a bit rough on bare feet - but I treat it like my reflexology appointment and think of it as stimulating.