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What Type Of Carpet Is Right For Me?

Understanding a few simple basics about types of carpet constructions will help you make the right choices for your lifestyle and budget.

Cut pile

Carpet fiber cut pile

Still one of today’s most popular carpet types, cut pile achieves its durability through the type of fiber used, density of tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. Highly twisted yarn will hold its shape longer, making it a smart choice for high-traffic areas. Cut piles can be segmented into four basic styles:

Textured Plush — Most decoratively versatile. Textured surfaces help hide footprints and vacuum marks. Add causal beauty to any room. Preferred style for busy households. A great “whole-house” carpet.
Saxony — Refined surface. Works will with traditional interiors. Ideal for living and dining rooms.
Friezé — Forms a “curly” textured surface because yarns are extremely twisted. Has an informal look. Helps minimize footprints and vacuum marks.
Plush (Velvet) — Has a dense luxurious feel. Shows footprints and vacuum marks easily. Best for low traffic areas and formal rooms.
Level Loop Pile

carpet type level loop pile

All loop where loops are the same height, creating an informal look. This style generally lasts a long time in high-traffic areas. This is a good choice for contemporary furnishings and commercial applications.

Multi-Level or Patterned Loop Pile

carpeting fiber patterned loop

This style usually has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects, providing good durability and a more casual look. This style works for the entire house, especially family rooms.

Cut-Loop Pile

carpet fiber cut and loop

This carpet style combines cut and looped yarns. It provides variety of surface textures, including sculptured effects of squares, chevrons and swirls. The multicolor effects hide soil and stains.

Source: Carpet and Rug Institute 2010

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