This is such a beautiful, high quality rug. The backing is very nice, making the rug feel plush. I don't need a carpet pad with this backing. I got another rug of the same size from another high-end vendor, and this rug has a nicer backing. I had to use a rug pad with the other rug. I purchased another, smaller rug, for my dining room after I received this one because it was so nice.