It's always difficult to pick out colors online. You're never sure they're exactly right. I was so pleased with the informative reviews. Buying a big item for your home is always a chore, and even moreso online. But these reviews definitely helped me to decide. Someone said the background color was more taupe, but to my eye it's really more of an antique tea-stain. It matches the olive and burgandy-red color in my furniture beautifully. I found the carpet quite soft to walk on. It's hard to believe you can get a rug so large, with a beautiful pattern, that is soft under your feet, and still at such a low price! I can't wait to buy more! I am now shopping for 3 more rugs for my home. This is so much better than driving all over town to carpet stores, dealing with sales people, and on top of that, knowing you're paying huge mark-ups. I'd rather be shopping at the "O"! Thank you!