The design is beautiful.we used on fireplace mantle. They definitely are had carved.. one area on the top of one was not well finished, as if the worker intended to come back to it but did not, so they do not match exactly. We noticed when we painted them, so did not feel we could return them. Our project had had other delays and we needed to be finished, so we decided to "live with it". Otherwise they would have been perfect, and a good value. I suggest users closely examine they on arrival. Delivery was quick.