No, this fabric isn't an optical illusion, it really is as soft and cozy as it looks! Luxe Cuddle ® Mirage is the perfect do-it-all fabric. It's available in several beautiful colors, it's extra wide so it works great for quilt backings and machine quilting, and the textured and embossed pile is visually captivating (not to mention feels amazing). This is one Luxe Cuddle? minky plush fabric you don't want to miss!