I purchased this for my daughter's room. I did not notice any chemical odor. Nor have we had any problems with it shedding an unusual amount. I bought the largest size and love it. The price was fantastic and I think the quality is good. Not the kind of rug I'll leave to my grandchildren but that wasn't it's intent. By the time it wears out I'm sure we'll be sick of pink anyway. So, it's perfect. The only negative is you consider it one is the color is a little deeper than it looked on line. It stil goes perfectly well with all our girly pink and green it's just not quite the pink I thought but blends nicely. Great deal and rug.