The news is the shine! This eye-catching engineered maple collection is hand-scraped and sanded for an aged appearance. The surface is undulating, rolling, silky to the touch, and forgiving of wear and activity. Black and white--used separately or in combination--are the distinctly upscale colors of this collection. They're very on-trend and the height of fashion in clothing and the home. Little grain is seen in this shiny collection of opaque-finished planks, which heightens the dramatic impact. Designers say that white is the bestseller of most mass-market homeware collections, because it combines with any palette. And black is perennially associated with luxury brands. Absolutely superior performance. The last manufacturing step is an important one: Cosmopolitan is treated with Shaw's own ScufResist%XAE, which provides superior scuff resistance. While all woods will scratch or dent, this superb finish resists the ordinary marks of daily wear. It makes a floor easy to live with...and on. Made in the USA.