We are returning this rug. The star burst patterns are essentially 1/2 inch of raised shag carpet set in a flat blue wool pile. The only word I can use to describe this carpet is weird. If you like shag carpeting, then this might be for you. In fact, if the whole thing had been shag, I might have liked it better. It's true to color - and they are beautiful. Unfortunately, I really liked it online but have rarely seen a carpet I hate so much in person.