Just received this rug today and was pretty disappointed with the construction/design of the "bursts" on the rug. They are not part of the wool that base that the rug is constructed with...they're actually pieces of yarn (think constructed of wool or nylon) that are attached to the rug but are raised about 1/2 inch above the blue wool base. I actually took my finger and very easily pulled two of them right out of the rug. My personal opinion is that it gives the rug a very tacky look. Forget about trying to put a coffee table on top of it. I can't even imagine what would happen if you ran a vacuum over it. It almost looks like someone took the rug and as a knitting project tried to knit designs on top of it...very interesting but if that's your taste then you'll probably enjoy it. I'm praying Overstock will take this back otherwise I'm going to leave it on the side of the road and hope somebody picks it up.