I guess if I had wanted a tablecloth WITHOUT a backing, I would give this one 5 stars. I really thought it was listed as having a backing of some kind, since that is how I did my search. However, it is a really pretty, informal tablecloth. Some had described the colors as "bright". I disagree. The colors are beautiful and very rich, but not what would be called bright. Mine is on a glass table, I can see, although not clearly, through the tablecloth to the legs of the table, etc., just to give you an idea of its thickness. It is very lightweight, but, again, it is very pretty and rich in color. You know what? The more I look at it, well, just forget the backing issue! It is spectacular and I'm changing my rating to 5 stars!!!