I ordered this beautiful area rug with some misgivings after reading some review comments about its faded appearance. All I can say is that I could not be happier with this purchase. The monitor colors were true to the real appearance, so if an elegant, old world look is what you want, you can' beat this item, especially for the price. If you shop around and look at heirloom quality hand-knotted carpets, none of them have the vibrant look; all have a low-key look that is classic and enduring, just like this hand-tufted, modern-made carpet. The lovely colors have brought much-needed spark to a very neutral bedroom without overwhelming the eye. The quality is very good, and I have had no problem with excessive shedding. Enjoy!