Styles and Types of Carpets

Styles and Types of Carpets

If you’re deciding to buy a new carpet, you should be wary of what style and type of carpet suit your home. Most buyers are unaware of the carpets available in the market and maintenance required to keep them in perfect condition.

You should look into all the options before spending a huge sum on a carpet. An expensive rug or carpet requires a specific environment and maintenance than cheaper carpets.

Styles of Carpet

There are mainly two types of carpet that are manufactured. The type of carpet is determined by the way the carpet-fibers are attached to their backing.

Loop Pile

Loop pile basically means that the fibers are bent into little loops. The loop pile carpets tend to be very durable and stain-resistant, but have a low profile and limited cushioning. Within the loop pile family is:

Level loop

The level loop is also called Berber. The level loop carpet features short loops that stand up well in high traffic areas and can withstand wear and tear for a long time.

Multi-level loops

Multi-level loops basically mean that the tops of the loops vary in height to give a carpet a patterned texture. The styling has less to do with resistance.

Cut pile carpets

The cut pile carpets are basically manufactured cut pile so there aren’t any loops. Cut pile carpets are denser and softer than loop pile.

You can find many types of cut pile carpets in the market.

Plush -Plush cut pie carpet has an even and smooth texture with a formal appearance.

Saxony – Saxony styled carpet has a smooth finish, however, the fibers are longer and twisted to give each fiber more body and density.

Textured -Textured cut pile carpet has fibers of uneven lengths to create a rougher surface texture.

Frieze – Frieze carpet tends to have long fibers and is highly recommended for less-traffic areas. In its most extreme form, it’s known as shag carpet.

Cable –Cable cut pile carpet has long and thick fibers. It tends to be very comfortable underfoot.

Types of Carpet Fibers

The type of carpet is determined by the fiber used while manufacturing the product.

Nylon

Nylon is the most popular type of carpet for its easy manufacture and durability. Nylon carpets are known to durable and resistant to wear, however, they are not good at fighting stains. Some varieties of nylon carpet include a stain-resistant treatment, however, cheaper nylon carpets cannot prevent stains.

Olefin

Olefin carpets are resistant to most conditions. They are known to prevent moisture, mold, and mildew and make a great carpet for basement area and outdoors. They’re tougher than nylon, but not as comfortable to walk on, however, they can withstand heavy traffic, and wear and tear.

Acrylic

Acrylic is often used as an inexpensive alternative to wool. It’s not widely available.

Wool

Wool is one of the most expensive and comfortable carpet fiber. The only natural fiber tends to be durable and stain-resistant. Wool carpet is also considered eco-friendly floor covering for its natural matter. You should be aware not to buy low-grade wool as it tends to be more susceptible to staining

Polyester

Polyester is one of the most common carpet fibers. The recycled plastic material is also non-allergenic. In many cases, polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles, making it an eco-friendly choice. The main drawback is that it can endure wear and tear sooner than most other carpets.