Other reviewers mentioned the strong unpleasant chemical smell on this throw and boy, they were not kidding. I hung it up outside for 10 days and it still smelled awful, so I washed it in my washing machine on knit/delicate cycle and cold water. It weathered being washed, even though the label says dry clean only. Even if it shrunk, I had to wash it to get rid of that smell, it was unusable as it arrived. It is a pretty throw but what gives with that awful odor?