This rug is very beautiful. I was a bit skeptical, but it's not too gold, and the red is very beautiful without being overwhelming. The texture is very soft, although I did also buy a pad to place below it, it probably doesn't need it. The background is very light tan with the gold accents. The picture is pretty accurate, although the background is a tiny bit more neutral than I was expecting. I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful rug. I also joined Club O for this purchase so it was free shipping. You can't beat that for a super heavy and well built rug. I'm pretty sure the return shipping is also free (you just have to pay for packaging (but don't quote me on the return policy), but that seems to minimize the risk of buying a rug here.