I was nervous about purchasing a rug online, but it is perfect! Colors are true to, it may be slightly darker. I did not get a rug pad to use with this and it doesn't need it, very soft and thick. This rug costs a bit more than some others on the site, but not having to purchase a rug pad saved me at least $50 and I got a high quality rug. I have mostly antique furniture and wanted something more modern to change it up. My gold velvet couch goes great with this and gives the room a completely different feel.