I was hesitant to purchase this rug based on other reviewer's description of the rug as "teal". It isn't teal - it's a muted stone blue and it's lovely. I just got the rug so I can't comment about the shedding but it is beautiful and my friends have all commented on how nice it is. I have purchased other rugs from Overstock in the past. This rug is by far the nicest. I love it.