The number of residential carpet styles available on the market today can make choosing the best option for your particular needs seem overwhelming. Fortunately, most of these residential carpet styles can fit into 4 main categories. Understanding the pros and cons of each category can make choosing wall-to-wall carpet much easier and a more informed decision as well.
carpeting begins as looped. To make certain carpet styles, the tops of the
loops are sheared off to make a cut pile. A combination of cut and loop can be
used to produce a sculpted or carved look or an abstract or geometric patterned carpet.
The durability of a carpet can be influenced greatly by the particular style but it is important to remember it can also be influenced by the following factors:
The face weight of a carpet is the weight of the carpet pile measured in ounces per square yard of carpet. This is important but should not be the only quality measurement of a carpet and it is not always the best way to determine durability.
How close together the fibers are stitched into the carpet backing determines the carpet density. If 2 carpets are of the same fiber type and style, the one with the higher density would be a more durable carpet.
This is one of the best indicators of carpet durability and quality. The fiber twist
is the number of times the strands of fiber are twisted together in a one-inch length of fiber. The formula is called the carpet’s twist number or turns per inch (TPI).
Type of Fiber
The different carpet styles come in many different types of fibers, all having different characteristics. The most common are Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Triexta, and Wool. Some work better in certain situations than others. Please see our article on purchasing new carpet here.
All carpets come with manufacturers' warranties. Some carpet styles come with better warranty terms than others. These terms can often be confusing or difficult to understand.
Make sure to work with a professional carpet retailer to thoroughly understand the length of a warranty and exactly what it covers.
Saxony style is a cut pile of medium height. There are 2 types:
In this type, all the fibers are going in the same direction producing a uniform color, similar in appearance to velvet. If a hand is brushed across the surface, a difference in color in the opposite direction will be noticed because light is reflected in a different way. It is beautiful and luxurious but will show every footprint and every vacuum stroke.
In this type of Saxony the fibers are twisted in different directions, reflecting the light differently. Brushing a hand across the surface will not produce much of a difference in color. Therefore the textured Saxonies are more popular for busy households since they help to hide footprints and vacuum marks.
Saxony residential carpet styles come in many grades of quality, from the lowest to the highest and are also available in just about every type of carpet fiber including nylon, triexta, polyester, and wool. The density, the twist of the fiber, and the type of fiber are all important in choosing a durable Saxony carpet. Select a quality appropriate to your particular conditions. For ex., in higher traffic areas, Saxonies with a high density and high twist would do exceptionally well.
carpet styles have evolved from the shag carpets of yesterday but the fiber strands are much thinner than traditional shag carpet. They are sometimes called
California shags. They feature long fibers that have been tightly twisted. They
are very durable due to the high twist of the fibers. The fibers are usually longer than those in a Saxony style but not as high in density as most Saxonies.
Advantages of Frieze Residential Carpet Styles
Disadvantages of Frieze Residential Carpet Styles
A Berber carpet used to be what was referred to as a flecked carpet or a white or off-white carpet with a fleck of dark brown or grey. This was similar to the style of weaving done by the Berber tribes of North Africa.
The early Berbers were usually used in home offices and basement rec rooms, rather than those rooms used for entertaining because they were usually multi-colored and resembled commercial carpet styles.
When looking for the Berbers of today, we will often find a looped carpet ranging from small, tight loops to large, chunky ones. Solid-color Berber styles can also be found in soft fiber carpets (ex. Mohawk SmartStrand) that look more sophisticated than the older multi-colored styles and are softer to walk on.
Advantages of Berber Residential Carpet Styles
Disadvantages of Berber Residential Carpet Style
These carpet styles are just as they sound. Some fibers are cut, others remain looped. The cut fibers and looped fibers can be combined to make a geometric or abstract pattern in the carpet.
The cut and loop styles of the 70s and 80s were available in sculptured or carved designs. Today, they have moved away from the sculptured look into more geometric designs, such as small square-or diamond-shaped patterns, as well as abstract styles in wave patterns.
Advantages of Cut and Loop Residential Carpet Styles
Disadvantages of Cut and Loop Residential Carpet Styles
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