I needed a good mat, so I decided to give this one a try. So cute, just as described.
I absolutely love this mat! It’s beautiful on BOTH sides and was just as pictured. It’s slightly thicker than I thought it would be, mainly because I am a bit cynical about the quality of anything I order offline.
I’m a Yoga instructor and I love Gaiam mats because they’re not outrageously expensive, are a good value, and do the job you need them to do. I purchased this in December 2016 and there was NO chemical odor or problem, beyond the initial rubbery scent that dissipated within a few hours.