I bought this rug to go under a pool table. I thought it would be cute to put a checkerboard under a another game. Its perfect. All rugs need to be vacuumed frequently when they are new and this is especially true with this rug because of the color contrast - when the loose fibers get on the opposite color it sticks out as being dirty. But I have had it on the floor for about a week now and vacuumed it everyday and the shedding is subsiding. I think in another week it will be fine.