These are very sturdy metal stools-they go great in my modern kitchen. I got the black and it is smooth, not textured. They have a slight industrial look to them, but I like unusual. I am Queen of Bargains and I thought this was a great deal...my only issue is that customer service refused to tell me the manufacturer so that I could do research to see if they make a quality product. But I took a chance and they are solid. The Overstock customer service rep claims they don't have the manufacturer(they have fed me this line before). How can they NOT have it? But in spite of that frustration, I am thrilled with my stools.