The quality of this rug is excellent, however, the colors are not true to the photo or even close. The blue is more of a Federal blue and there is absolutely no gold on this rug. The trim is a taupe color and the "rust" accents are actually more of a chocolate brown. I'm using this in my dining room which is more French provincial colors but I think it will work. If you're looking for a true golden color with the blue, this rug is not for you. I don't detect any odd smell and no shedding that I've noticed.