This was my first purchase from Overstock so I was very apprehensive. I'm glad that I took the risk because the rug is excellent. The picture does it no justice. It's a very nice red that is lighter than the picture. And the ivory is also a lot lighter. I didn't initally purchase a pad, but once I did it made the rug even more softer. I haven't vaccumed it yet so cannot comment on shedding. A great buy!