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Carpet Styles

Carpet comes in a number of different styles each with its own appeal and characteristics.

The carpet style you choose is based around a combination of the living environment you want and, of course, what look you are trying to achieve. The most common types of carpet are:

Carpet Styles 1
Cut Piles

Cut Piles

Are more formal and give a more luxurious feel and look than other styles. In NZ the most popular styles are cut pile hardtwists, this is where the yarn has a twist set into it so the pile lies in different directions helping to disguise footprints.

Cut pile carpets now make up 80% of sales in NZ.

Part of the character of cut pile carpets is the tracking they display from traffic through the home. Generally the longer and softer the pile the more evident tracking will be. Some cut piles are like velour fabric and show every movement over them, this adds an opulent look but is not to everyone’s taste so consider this carefully when making your choice.

Carpet Styles 2


Textures are carpets where the height of the tufts is varied to create many different patterns and looks. By adding more than one colour to the mix even more variety is possible, adding an extra dimension to the look of the floor.

Textured carpets generally show tracking less than cut piles so can be a good choice for those who don’t like that characteristic. If you do have pets you should consider that they can damage loop pile carpets more easily than cut piles.

Carpet Styles 3
Loop Pile Berbers

Loop PIle Berbers

Probably the oldest style of carpet, loop pile berbers are flecked and have multiple colours running through them.

They are hard wearing and practical as the colourations help hide soiling and don’t show tracking as much as most other styles.

A great option for rentals or those with a demanding family environment who prefer the look and feel of wool.

Carpet Styles 4


Sisals are loop pile carpets but instead of being uniform heights the tufting machines make one row lower, one row higher to give a linear directional appearance. In their earliest form they tended to be one colour only, so were harder to maintain as plain coloured carpets show soiling quicker than multi coloured ranges.