The colors are soft & muted but the red does pop out. they're beautiful! I bought 3 sizes of this style rug & they go perfectly w/ the color scheme throughout my home. They do shed. And some areas have had threads pull almost out. I've gone back & clipped them off. For the money they are a good value. I bought them to cover the carpet in my home that I don't like & they pull they eye away from the carpet to the pretty rugs. I am enjoying them.