i ordered this rug for my contemporary bedroom, but it looked better in my living room. The leather smell lingered about a week so I venture to say that I believe it to be real leather unlike osme of the other customers reviews. I really like it but if you have small dogs like me you will find yerself picking up pieces of the rug that have come loose from time to time. GREAT buy for the price and size. I do have smaller 3X5 ones that are not real leather and they match perfectly. I went with this one b/c of the price and knowing that it is real.