I was first hesitant about the color being in the middle of nowhere, but when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised. It was way darker in color than the image online. In fact, it was a perfect luxurious dark Merlot color which can blend into any decorative color environment. The material is high quality velvet that is soft and tufting is deep and sturdy. Also, the box was well packaged with proper packing materials with Safavieh logo. Can't be any happier on finding the perfect ottoman!