This rug arrived today, and is really thick and lush. It feels and looks like a very expensive rug. The colors are so beautiful - the blue is *barely* tinted with aqua, the green is a sort of yellowy-green but not too loud, and the ivory is just that - ivory. I definitely recommend this rug, if these are the colors you are looking for. It's exquisite. I bought this size for my dining room, and the runner for the entry hall. They look fantastic! I can't address the issue of shedding yet, since I just got it today.