Having never ordered a rug on line of this size I was a bit cautious to do so. If I didn't like it, I'd have to pay the return shipping on 112lbs. I read all reviews on this rug in all of the sizes and decided to go for it. I am extremely happy that I did. The colors were exactly as they appeared on my mac screen - gold, beige (both a bit muddied in tone - in a good way - not bright or harsh), blue (robins egg blue - a little french blue and a little mineral blue mixed), red (more like a burnt red) and a little bit of plum. The shedding has just started (2 weeks in) but not terrible. Wool rugs I have purchased from major catalogs or specialty stores also shed - to be expected with machine made rugs. I vacuum every 2 days anyway (small kids) so it isn't a detriment. The overall pattern is ideal for our family room. We have small children and we were looking for something that would hide a spill or two. The design works well in our home - 1920's home with mostly contemporary and mid century furniture. Its linear nature would work in both traditional as well as contemporary/transitional homes. The pile is thick, the backing is substantial. This rug is an amazing value and you can pay 3 times this price - on sale at a major department store.