I was very hesitant to order a rug over the internet, and I was so hopeful that it worked out since I'm sure return shipping would be huge. The rug was such a bargain, however, that I decided to try it out. It's a beautiful rug and I'm glad I took the risk. It's pretty much as pictured, but the lighter band around the edge is a little lighter than pictured on my computer. More of a cream than a darker beige/gold. The colors of the rug are very rich, however. Sometimes lighter blue rugs tend to look dated to me, or like they are more appropriate for a bedroom. I needed something to go with a greyish leather couch in my family room, so a lot of the reddish/brown rugs just wouldn't cut it. I also didn't want anything too washed out, cottage-y looking for that room. This has a definite richness to it. Very comfortable and well made. Excellent value for the money!