I had high expectations for this rug after reading others' comments and it actually exceeds these; the rug is beautiful and elegant, looks like it cost at least twice as much as it did. I think the colors are quite true to the photo which shows the rug lying on the floor (rather than the rectangular shots). Only issue was with UPS, not Overstock - despite having left a huge sign on my front door asking the driver to ring the bell and alert me to its arrival so I could compensate him for delivering it to the front hall, he left it in the driveway at 7:00 pm. Luckily, it arrived one day before a foot of snow fell and was incredibly well wrapped. I would recommend contacting UPS prior to arrival to avoid this issue. I am using it in a bedroom under a king size bed on a hard wood floor and I do not think it needs a pad; it is thick and soft and this is not a high traffic area. Also, the bed provides enough weight to keep it from moving. Would definitely buy similar products again from Overstock.