First- the color is a blue gray, ok. Second, I have had this rug for 2 months now and have vaccumed it almost everyday and it will NOT stop shedding. I even vaccumed it 3 times in one day in hopes of it improving. It didn't help. I should have read the reviews first. I also ordered a new rug from Pottery Barn to replace this. It may be more expensive, but I know it will be exactly what it says it is. This one will now go to the basement. or where ever I can throw it to forget about the horrible purchase I made.