I have a smaller apartment & was looking for something affordable & unique with a bit of shag. I was worried this size would be too small (although sizing up would be too big), but the 6'7x9 fits perfectly under my 90" sectional. As many other reviewers have said, this rug is so SOFT! A rug pad would definitely elevate the feel of the rug, but for now, I don't have one & it's fine. It matches perfectly with my apartment & I love the color details. I purchased the "pink," which as you may see from the pictures is not overpowering, but lends a nice tone to the overall palette (there are blues, yellows, coppers, grays & other colors woven in). No issues with shedding or chemical smells. I should note this is not placed in a "high traffic" area, so not sure how it will hold up, but I don't imagine it will deteriorate quickly. That said, this rug gives my home a cozy feel. I am pleased with my purchase & would recommend!