The rug just arrived and I am thrilled. I figured if there were so many positive reviews on this site, I would take my chance. I've never bought such a big purchase online. The rug is exactly what I was looking for - quality, color and feel. I'm not even sure that I need the pad I bought. The colors are muted, but prettier than the picture. the beige blends so well with the bluish gray, olive and maroon. As so many wrote here, it does not look like a $500 rug - I like it better than rugs I looked at that were in the $700 range.