It wasn't as rough as I expected, though I'm not sure I would use it for a living room or an area where I sit on the floor often. For my dining room, it's perfect. The sisal has less of a golden/brown tone than you usually see and the grey border brings out the grey in the woven sisal. It did have an odor for the first two days, but that has now dissipated. I have noticed some fibers shedding onto the grey lining, but nothing extreme. Also, my dog LOVES this rug. She rolls around to scratch her back on it.