Rec'd the rug and pad 3 days after ordering-the colors are exactly as shown and the rug looks great--it layed flat immediately. If you are a lint freak then you have no business buying a black rug-the rug shows lint but vacuums beautifully. The pile is about a half inch thick and is very tightly woven. Overall an impressive rug and it didn't make my room look as dark as I thought. A great purchase and I am a very happy first time customer.