i was very unsure about ordering a patterned rug online. i ready so many different reviews on this rug about color and shedding. the colors are not at all like pictured here. they are much softer and not nearly so green as photo. (look at photo of same rug but 8' round, much closer match to actual rug in that photo) rug colors very neutral w/shades of taupe, gold, dark ivory, cranberry and very subtle soft blue/grey/green that's not really noticeable unless you look closely. (the blue/grey/green accent may be more pronounced if in a room w/those shades present.) my room is all neutrals and rug goes beautifully. i think this rug would compliment many different decors/colors. as far as shedding, all my rugs are 100% wool and all have shed about the same amount which isn't so bothersome as some have stated. you will be cleaning up fuzz for awhile but in my opinion nothing major. it's a very thick, very heavy rug of good quality. absolutely no funny smell (or any smell that i noticed) if you're on the fence about this rug (like i was) take the plunge and order. you will not be disappointed. in my opinion, an absolutely beautiful, high quality rug that i would most definitely purchase again!