I washed the product before use on low cycle and very low tumble dry, and it held up nicely without any issues. I wish the dryer would have made the outer shell a little softer, but I purchased for aesthetics. The inner shell is very soft, which is what counts.
This product is warmer than other comforters I have purchased, and perfect for the colder seasons.
The strips down the ruching have an embroidered design, which is pretty. The bedding is definitely a shade of taupe, and not as shiny/silky as the photo. It is the bedskirt and interior fabric that is the chocolate color described on the packaging.
The bedding looks beautiful when set up, it really elevated the decor around it.
If you are a value seeker, the bedding matches your style, and you aren't expecting ultimate softness, then this is a perfect choice.