Rug is exactly what I expected. Previous reviews mentioned the rug is off white and that's what I wanted. It is not "plush" but is soft on your feet. The "new carpet" smell took awhile to fade. I occasionally see a strand of the carpet on the floor but I wouldn't say it "sheds". It's fairly heavy (to carry up the stairs!) but it laid out flat and the edges are nicely sewn with material. The rug arrived in record time and is well worth the price I paid. Thanks Overstock!