I chose this rug after comparing rugs at other websites for about two weeks. This one seemed to be the best rug for the lowest price. I received the rug 5 days after I purchased it. It laid flat immediately after opening it. It did not have a very strong odor. It is soft for a natural rug and not rough on your feet. There is non-skid backing so there is no need for a special mat underneath. I chose the beige border, which is more like a tan color than in the picture. The border is attached very well and does not appear to wear easily. Overall the rug is durable, made with great quality, and was an excellent price. I am extremely happy with my purchase.