The rug arrived today and it is even more beautiful than I expected. I agree that the "gold" color in the photo is actually brown, but it is a kind of golden brown. Combined with the blue-grey of the border and sage, olive green, cream, gold, and burgundy highlights, it creates an opulent very rich appearance. The colors of the rug are muted, not flashy, and the total affect is lovely. The rug feels very thick and soft underfoot. I could not be happier with my purchase.