I was very nervous to purchase this knowing that shipping costs would prohibit me from returning it if it didn't work out. I searched rug sites for weeks looking for the perfect rug for my new master bedroom. This is gorgeous! It is definitely cream and not white like it looked on my monitor. I suppose thats a good thing because white would get dirty too quickly. All the other accents in the room are true white, but this still works. And it's beautiful! Thick and well made. It does shed, but it's wool. I have new wall to wall in my daughters room and that's shedding like crazy too. So i just keep the vaccum handy. I would definitely recommend this. It's beautiful.