YES, the two stars are for lack of brightness, the blue is muted and the design is muddied, appears stained as if it is dirty! The thickness was rather disappointing, perhaps the price reflects that aspect. Having purchased many area rugs online...this one ranks in the lower scale. While the negative review is MO I feel that the description's needed to include colors are muted, not as bright and certainly show the design tinged with beige...NOT IVORY! Will keep it because of the return hassle. But just in case you consider this purchase, know that it is not what is shown exactly.