Getting to know Carpets

If you think carpet buying is quick and easy, then you definitely need to know more about carpets. There are tons of carpet varieties when it comes to style, colour, and patterns but rest assured there is a carpet for every preference. A quick search for carpets online returns several thousands of results for carpet choices available in the market. But first, learn more about carpets so you can make a smart decision when purchasing.


1. Materials used

Carpets are made up of nylon, polyester, olefin and wool. While nylon offers the most durability, polyester is known for its luxurious look and affordability particularly in small homes.

Although olefin-made carpets provide sufficient stain and moisture resistance, they are not as good as polyester and nylon.

Wool carpets are often preferred for their natural look. It has good resistance properties but not substantial stain resistance. Wool carpets are well-constructed and known to last a long time but requires lots of maintenance.


2. In Terms of Construction

By construction, we mean the procedures in which carpet threads are involved.

a. Twisting

This refers to tightness of twisted carpet yarn. More twist inside a yarn is directly proportional to its crushing and matting resistance. Most cut pile carpets have 3 – 6 twists per inch.

b. Density

A denser carpet is better than a lighter one. By density, we mean closeness and amount of threads inside the carpet. To check the density of a carpet, press your fingers on the carpet and try to reach the carpet’s back layer. The more difficult you find to reach the back, the denser will be the carpet.


3. Texture

There are two types of carpet texture to choose from. Each type may work only on certain rooms in the house.

1. Cut Pile

The yarns used in this technique are cut from the ends. This makes cut pile carpets soft and a perfect choice for your homes. Five styles of cut pile carpet are: Velvet, Frieze, Shag, Cable and Saxony. The difference between them amount of twist are identified in their yarns.

2. Loop

Loop yarns are uncut and have multiple loos. Loop carpets have tremendous strength and soil hiding functionalities. As a result, they are ideal to use in places which receive an influx of people. Berber is the most desired loop carpet style. A third category by the name of cut loop works as a hybrid between both techniques.

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