This rug is beautiful. It is thick enough that you don't need a pad underneath and it feels neat on your feet beause the bursts are actually raised thread. I receive compliments from everyone who comes in my home. It is a unique piece that I am happy to have found. It is well worth the price. Also, I was worried because I have a cat and I knew the bursts were raised - which would typically present a problem to playful animals. My cat likes to lay on the rug but does not play with the raised thread for some reason. It worked out very well.