I was pleasantly pleased when I received this rug because it's much nicer than I expected. The design is actually tiny hooked ribbons while the background is a soft short rug. It feels wonderful to walk on! One warning -- it's fairly thick because of the design so it won't work if a door needs to clear over it. I'm a little concerned about the ribbons coming out when vacuuming. I would use the hand extension to be a little gentle on it. Not for a high traffic area.