To trust my computer screen ... or not to trust. Just what does "muted" mean? These were the questions! I bought this rug for a large family room that was being completely remodeled and because of the color reviews, waited to get the rug before I chose colors. When I received the rug (which, by the way, is of excelent quality and so thick that i did't need a pad on hardwood)... the first thing I noticed was that what muted meant was... dull. I was disappointed at first. (In my color choice not the rug itself) and it was about 2 wks before the project was far enough along to put my rug down. But the day we moved the furniture in and set up the room was the day I fell in love with my rug! It changed the whole appearance to have my dark leather furniture and my antique wood tables on it. It no longer looks dull...but it looks exactly how an expensive wool rug should look! It does shed but that is to be expected with wool. I ordered a second rug and a table and the shipping has been fast on every item! I would definitely recommend this rug... and Overstock!