I read the reviews before I bought it so I had high expectations and they were exceeded. Love it! It does not shed, it feels great & it looks just like it was pictured. It is incredibly soft & luxurious!!! It did have a chemical smell as mentioned in some of the other reviews so we opened it up outside and let it air out in the garage for a few hours before we brought it in. It still had a bit of an odor, but not real bad and after a few days it is just about totally gone. Not really a big deal and it should not keep you from buying this absolutely gorgeous rug. It is amazing for the money!