Glad you asked! It’s important to know the different carpet styles so that you can make the most informed decision for your home! This is not the most riveting information out there (you’ve be warned!) but we promise that it’ll be worth the read!
The two main types of carpet are either LOOP PILE STYLE or CUT PILE STYLE. These are defined by the way the carpet fibres are attached to their backing.
Loop pile means the fibres are bent into little loops. PROS: It’s a very durable, stain-resistant carpeting. CONS: It has a low profile and limited cushioning. Within the loop pile family are:
1) Level loop is also called Berber. This type of carpet features short loops that stand up well in high traffic areas.
2) Multi-level loops mean the tops of the loops vary in height to give a carpet a patterned texture.
Cut pile carpets cut the yarn tips so there aren’t any loops. PROS: Cut pile carpets tend to be denser and softer than loop pile. CONS: You can see foot traffic. There are several types of cut pile:
1) Plush has an even, smooth texture with a formal appearance.
2) Saxony has a smooth finish, but the fibres are longer and twisted to give each fibre more body. It’s popular, but the longer fibres mean footprints linger and furniture creates dents.
3) Textured cut pile has fibres of uneven lengths to create a rougher surface texture.
4) Frieze carpet has long fibres and isn’t recommended for high traffic areas. In its most extreme form, it’s known as shag carpet.
5) Cable has long, thick fibres and is very comfortable underfoot.
Cut and loop is yet another style of carpet that has both cut pile and loop pile fibres and combines the best qualities of both. It’s good for hiding dirt and stains.
Now that you’re a PRO at all things carpet styles– which style suits you and your home best?
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