The description on the Target Webpage was not totally detailed enough. I did not know the shams would be extra large, not really fitting on a standard pillow. I kept them anyhow, altering them to make them work. Also, the texture of the fabric collects lint, hair, etc. It's not that they are black, it's the fabric. They seem to be well sewn, so it appears they will hold up with many washings.
I bought a Red and Tan standard pillow sham and though the color and construction was good, the size was so small it wouldn't cover three different standard pillows I tried, and they were the smaller ones. I would not recommend this product.