Reviewed by Matt from New England on Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The rug is attractive, however don't make the mistake that I did and expect something anything like a braided wool rug. From a distance or even standing on it it looks fine/good, but on closer look and feel the materials just don't do it for me and scream "my owner cheaped out by not buying a wool rug". It appears that the substance of the braids are bunches of polyester threads wrapped in a cotton covering of various colors and patterned designs. It makes for a much less inviting feel than wool- coarse rather than soft- that you can easily feel with both hands and feet. It is also considerably thinner and flatter than a typical wool rug. Whereas the lines of braids on a wool rug tend to form ridges with some depth, this is totally flat straight across.
Also my example has a very obvious defect on one side where the cotton has frayed apart exposing the ugly white polyester. So it is not "reversible" as advertised... this bugs me because this was not sold as a "second" but clearly is, or should be.
Still, I give 3 stars because of the value @ STP for the money- it is not really fair to compare to a wool rug and it does look nice, at least the side that is not defective. However, at full retail it would be 1 star or less.