Rug is an ivory color (without the slightly yellowish cast shown on the photo) with medium grey, woven cotton (?) backing. Pile height is about 1 3/4 - 2"; thick pile comprised of 2 different sized yarns (1 thin, 1 thicker 4-ply). Looks and feels luxurious. Pile height does not let an entry door slide over the rug...probably not a good choice in front of a door that gets heavy use. Eventhough it is a light color, it is being used in my entry adding sophistication, texture, & luxury to the space. A rug pad is not being used so that I can easily slide it back from the front door as needed.