Well the one thing I noticed right away is the stripes are NOT horizontal, they are vertical, NOT like the photo. And the color is NOT a deep merlot or purplish-red/burgundy, it is a brighter red/rust color like someone else said. I frankly like stripes across, not up and down, changes the whole look. But it feels nice and looks like it can bleed. I rubbed a white cloth several times and got a little pink. So the first time you wash it, take it to a cleaners and have them professionally do it so it doesnt bleed.