I bought this rug and a circular matching one five years ago and have been very happy with them. They are holding up quite well. I have kids and dogs, and while these rugs aren't in my family room, no one is forbidden from walking on them and so they are vacuumed frequently. They are soft, thick and rich looking. I have not noticed any fading. These are a great buy, and of course you can't beat buying something this heavy and expensive and having it shipped for $2.95.