This rug appears to be well made and is attractive. It has a fairly thick gray felt backing with small plastic dots. The rug had a very slight smell to it. After an hour or two the scent was gone. The quality of the rug is excellent. It is about 3/4- 1 inch thick with a nubby texture, soft to walk on. The color is a little lighter than pictured( on my monitor) It does not shed. I have a large dog that walks on the rug and a young child that drives Matchbox cars on it frequently. It does not pull apart. I have not attempted to clean it yet. I would highly recommend this rug!