This rug is really beautiful. I have had it for about a week. It is a rust color that leans more toward red than orange, but is definitely neither red, nor orange. The most prominent accent color is a light blue that looks like Crayola's Periwinkle crayon (I have heard varying descriptions for "periwinkle," but I stick with the experts). There are also prominent teal accents as well as a pale olive green. The dark color is a chocolate brown. While the rug did not work for me - I need a more definite orange color - I kept it because it was so pretty and gave it to my mother who is using it in her living room. The rug itself is quite thick and very comfortable. I cannot speak to shedding.