Different Types of Carpet
By Steve Gillman
Here are a few of the different types of carpet available,
along with some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Fiber-type will not be discussed here, except to say that nylon
is usually more durable than others, with the possible exception
of wool; but wool can be expensive and trickier to care for properly.
This is one of the most popular carpets, in part because it
feels good on the feet. This is simply carpet that has had the
loops cut, leaving the ends of the fibers standing. In order
for this kind of carpeting to be durable, it should have good
"twist" in the fiber, and it should also be high-density,
meaning the tufts are packed together tightly. There are several
sub-types of cut pile.
A "frieze" carpet has very twisted fibers, giving
it a surface texture that minimizes footprints and marks from
your vacuum cleaner. It creates a casual look, make it a decent
choice for family rooms or children's bedrooms.
A "saxony" has less twist in the fiber, making it
look more level and smooth. Considered an informal look like
a frieze, it is good for heavily trafficked areas.
"Plush" carpet is also called "velvet cut pile,"
and it looks and feels very smooth. It is a popular choice for
a formal living room. It will show foot prints and other marks,
but these can be "erased" with frequent vacuuming.
Cut and Loop
A cut and loop pile is often used to create sculpted carpets.
The loops are cut in patterns to create a decorative appearance.
Berber carpet is perhaps the most well-known of the level
loop piles (although it is sometimes fashioned as a multi-level
loop as well). With the loops uncut and the level surface, this
is a durable form of carpeting. It's one of the more popular
types of carpet at the moment, and is commonly used for living
rooms, home offices and finished basements.
This type is just what it sounds like. Multi-level loop pile
simply has different loop heights to create a decorative and
casual look. The less the loop height varies, the more durable
the carpet is likely to be.
This was one of the more popular types of carpeting in the
1970s, and it's still around (but less popular). Generally it
is called a shag if the pile is more than an inch in height.
It can look good for a while, and feel good on the feet, or for
lounging on in front of the television. They have several problems
though, starting with the fact that they are more difficult to
thoroughly clean because of the depth of the pile. That depth
also makes it hard to find small objects dropped in them. Finally,
because of the length, the fibers will often end up laying down,
and so you step on the sides, which cause them to wear out quickly.
As a result, shag carpet usually doesn't look good for very long.
Remove Carpet Stains Homepage
| Different Types of Carpet