Had it about four months now. Does not shed and did not smell when it arrived like other review said. I purchased the more expensive rug pad option and it was not only worth it but necessary! Don’t buy the thin bubble rug mat, but the thicker grey felt looking one. Makes the rug way more comfortable and doesn’t budge at inch. Even though we have a 60 pound crazy pup run all over it every day. Only downside is a few strings have come loose. Leaving them now, might trim it later. That’s usually inevitable with a woven rug. 11/10 recommend for the price.