I wasn't sure about buying the 9x12 after reading a few reviews. When I got it, I still wasn't sure what I thought. Now, after the addition of a good quality felt rug pad I am glad I bought this rug. The rug itself definitely is low pile shag. i bought white, and it had a bit of a sheen to it. When you first unroll it, it is wrinkly, bumpy and the pile is flat. A week later after vacuuming and placing it on a felt rug pad, it looks so different and enhances my room. This rug was a full half price of having a rug cut and bound, even at discount carpet places.I'm glad I saved the money and got this one.