Buying a large area rug off the internet can be rolling the dice....but I'm glad I rolled on this purchase! Good thick pile, solid craftsmanship and strong colors where there were supposed to be strong colors. If you have champaign taste with a beer budget (i.e., like Persian/Tribal rug designs but don't want to spend $2,000+), you'll be satisfied with this purchase. I have dark wood floors, dark wood furniture and relatively dark paint colors on the wall, and this rug did everything I hoped it would do in 'warming up' my master bedroom and brightening it a bit, given it's soft background colors of ivory and gold. Rug came 48 hours after I ordered it, and was well packaged for shipping. Getting a very heavy wool 9X12 rug up a flight of stairs and correctly positioned under a heavy queen-size bed was another matter, so make sure you have help.