I bought the chocolate one, and it is more of a darker brown than pictured. The gold sparkle part of the design is very pretty, and not scratchy at all. I was worried about the gold threads pulling with my cats and their claws, but so far so good. The back side is just plain brown, and it does collect that cat hair a bit, but comes off fairly easily (they front side resists hair pretty well, which is a blessing). It looks elegant and not too too shiny. I put it in the drier to get rid of the packaging wrinkles and manufacturing smell, and it came out fine. I have not washed it, but plan to, as it costs as much to dry clean it as it does to buy a new one!