This rug makes a statement! It's bold and dramatic, yet sophisticated. The two close-up thumbnail images are the truest color displays. The image of the full-size rug makes the border appear gold in color when it is actually beige and the center "stars" are brown. There are some very subtle sage accents in the border area as well; however, the predominant colors are brown and beige which work extremely well in the space where I'm using this rug. It looks particularly impressive under a dining room table and works with contemporary, traditional, or antique furnishings. No odor to the rug and shedding is within reasonable limits for a new thick-pile wool rug.