When I first received this rug, I loved it. It does shed excessively. One year later, it has finally gotten better but another problem surfaced. The rug is tufted...which means the wool is glued onto a backing. Patches of wool are starting to fall out of the carpet. This rug also has a white residue that collects on the underside of the rug. This isthe glue residue. I also bought the runner. I have not had problems with the runner. Beware, of this purchase...it is beautiful but does have some issues.