In the past I have purchased and used sisal rugs and they have been hard and very uncomfortable to walk on. This natural fiber sisal rug I have just purchased through Overstock.com is FABULOUS. It is so soft and gentle on the feet, easy to vacuum over and move around and yet the backing allows it to stay in place and not slide when you walk on it. The rug had no imperfections at all, no loose fibers, no edging that had not been sewn adequately. I cannot rave enough about this rug. Wish I had found it MUCH earlier!