I'm not going to say that this rug is the highest quality sisal rug because it's not, but it's totally sufficient, especially for the price. The color is nice, there are no obvious flaws, the size is square (not lopsided), and it has a rubber backing so it doesn't slip. It does not look cheap, but it does not look finished enough for a formal space either. Considering that the price includes delivery right to your door, it's actually amazing. It did not smell at all. The one weird thing was that right after we bought it we spilled a lot of water on it (about a gallon) and the water left a very dark huge stain. I thought the rug was ruined. I took the rug into the back yard with some dish soap and a garden hose and spent 20 minutes soaping and rinsing the rug. Then I left it in the sun for 2 days. When it dried, the stain was gone. The rug dried OK and we put it back under the kitchen table.