This rug is gorgeous, thick and tightly tufted. It is so difficult to predict how a rug will look in a room, even if you can see it "in person." This one looks exactly as I imagined from the photos. As it turns out, the Waverly Garden Images print on my bed now seems a little stark next to the subtlety of the rug, so I plan on tea-staining the comforter and shams for a softer overall look. I would not hesitate to buy this rug again -- but as always it's best to start with the rug and build around it if you can. There was no off-smell that we detected, even on the first day it was down. This is an amazing value; I would have been pleased with it at twice the price.