I bought these tiles to make a few mats for my pool area. I had been using regular door mats by my hot tub & 2 screen doors to yard. The water used to stay under mats & destroy the painted patio. I put these together to form a large mat for hot tub & 2 smaller mats by doors. They are working perfectly. The air circulates under mat & they dry out quickly. I did have to snip off the connecting loops along edges to make them look more finished, but that was easy. They are very comfortable on bare feet.The brown color is more of a reddish brown tone.