Types of Carpet

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

 

CUT PILE— Still one of today's most popular constructions, 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.

Textured Plush— Most decoratively versatile. Textured surfaces help hide footprints and add causal beauty to any room. This is the preferred style for busy households. Textured Plush is great “whole-house” carpet.

Saxony— Refined surface. Works well 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.

 

LOOP PILE— In loop pile carpets the fibers are tufted, and remain uncut. These carpets tend to be longer-wearing and less cushiony than cut pile carpets, and can come in a terrific variety of patterns and textures.

Level loop— Great for high-traffic areas but harder than other cut and loop pile carpets, level loop pile has a smooth finish and can come in solid or multi-color designs.

Cut & Uncut Loop— This carpet is a highly textured mix of cut and loop pile, a popular way to create a pattern in a carpet, and designed to hide foot traffic.

Berber— Common name given to the softest loop carpets, often in neutral, earthy tones with flecks of color.