This lamp looks great on a sofa table in my living room. In some Cantonese ginger jars, the design does not go all the way around the jar, but in this lamp, it does. The shade is made of a material called "collie." I'm not too sure what that is. I would call this fabric pongee, and the shade is truly off-white. I think it looks whiter in the photo than it actually is. It's really a very pretty lamp. Not too large.