This rug has been an instant hit. When I opened the rug and rolled it out it did in fact have that new leather smell, which stayed with us for a few days. However, the smell has faded and the rug looks absolutely beautiful in my family room. It does look like a pile of Autumn leaves and it is really stunning and it fits perfectly in our space. I started to get the larger one and I'm glad I didn't because I think it would have been overwhelming. Great find and I would definitely recommend this rug. By the way, I have yet to lose any leather pieces but I plan to collect them if they come loose and it seems easy enough to tie them back in.