I ordered this rug with a black background and it was exactly as pictured. It has a thick pile and the colors are vibrant. It has a soft underfoot. As wool naturally sheds, this rug does shed so I recommend you vacuum it once a day for about a week to get the left-overs. It came quickly, unrolled like a charm and it converted a dreary colorless room into a gorgeous and comfortable hang out spot. It looks great against my oak stained hardwood floors. If I had more space, I would buy this rug in ever color available so I could get the same feeling in every room as I do when I walk into my living room. This is an excellent and luxurious rug for the price.