Just received our rug and love it! The style and quality is perfect for our home and the price is a great value for such an expensive looking rug!! It is very thick and substantial. It is not soft by any means but I have yet to come across a jute rug that is. We are using ours in our eat-in kitchen area but I wouldn't place it in an area of high traffic where you have to walk on it a lot. As for the size, it is exactly 6 ft wide but mine is 118" long, so almost 10ft (including tassels) instead of 9ft. But our space is large so that works for us. As for the smell, I would not classify it as a bad smell at all!!! For those of you that were raised on a farm, specifically one that put up hay or had livestock to feed, this rug smells just like freshly cut hay!! It's fabulous! It a natural smell, not a chemical/offensive smell at all!