I've been working with a designer and she recommended this rug. It was more than 3x the price at all other online stores (4x the price at a store). I was ecstatic to find it on O.com at the amazing price. The rug is huge, gorgeous, amazing quality and perfect for my space. The colors in the picture are close to actual. The blue is very pale, sky blue and the medallions are a light beige color. It does shed a bit, like any new rug, but I've vaccummed a couple times and it's great. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat.