The rug is exactly as pictured, so disagree with the one reviewer. Plus they provided no feedback in what is different. Not at all helpful. As for shedding, it's a wool rugmThat's what they do. Have to know that going into it. That's like saying "I like my car but it uses gas".
I order this piece plus a room area rug and a smaller rug for the entryway. I like the rug overall however whenever I vacuum I have a canister full of carpet fibers. It is not noticeable yet as there are no thin spots but i am sure it is a matter of time. I am disappointed by this issue.