This rug was softer, thicker and more beautiful than I expected. The background of the rug is a tiny bit lighter than the picture¿ very slightly more ivory¿ but I couldn't be happier. Because the wool is hand spun there has been a bit of shedding, but no raveling and no tufting up of the nap. It arrived just days after I ordered it and everyone ¿ dog, cats, kids and adults¿ have been enjoying sprawling, playing, and lounging on it ever since. It is a great rug.