Once ordered, we received the rug and pad eithin a week! The rug is thick and cushiony underfoot. Although the description did not specify the color black in the rug, there are definite black accents in the pattern. Otherwise, the colors are soft and the blue/green border goes great in my bedroom. The sand color matches my light oak flooring and has just enough color to anchor the bed. The pad holds it in place and provides the correct amount of buffer between the rug and floor. It does not shed, did not have a strong dye odor, and shipping folds came right out.. All in all, the rug is a great bargain for the money. You would expect to pay much more in a rug store. Thanks, Overstock!