The colors are really beautiful in this rug. It is not a THICK rug but it is thick enough for an area rug. If you want it to feel thicker, buy a pad and it would feel luxurious. It's very soft. I consider this a very good value for the price since it looks so nice in the room. I bought the red and am extremely pleased with it. When it arrived, it was rolled up so I had to set some books on the edges for a few days to make it flatten out. No big deal. I bought this with a bit more of a discount through an e-mail offering so didn't pay full price. I would not hesitate to use it in a living room with a pad or in the family room with or without. I actually have recommended it to a friend.