Types of Carpet
Which one is right for you?
The technical side…
Because the basic fibers used today all make excellent carpets depending on the usage, you really need to know the differences to help you make the best choice for you and your home. Here are important facts to know about the different fibers:
- Nylon is extremely versatile and resilient. Although not naturally stain-resistant, most nylon carpets feature stain-resistance treatments that protect against spills and stains.
- Polyester (PET) offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and is also naturally stain and fade resistant. Although polyester is not as versatile as nylon, carpets made of polyester fiber perform very well. Select polyester carpets feature protection for additional stain and soil resistance.
- Polypropylene/olefin is the least expensive fiber and is naturally stain resistant. A great value, it is especially durable when used in a tight loop construction.
From runways to hallways
The latest fashions are often reflected in interior design trends. That’s why we make sure our carpet keeps up with the latest in both. We’re taking cues from the runway shows of some of the greatest style houses:
- Say goodbye to basic beige and choose from almost every color under the sun. Much like fashion choices you find in your favorite clothing stores, you'll always be able to choose from the latest, most fashionable color trends.
- Express your style with different patterns and textures. Your home can be as fashion-forward as you are, with carpet in texture, twist, loop, and pattern constructions.
- Keep it soft and cozy. We offer the softest carpets ever and may even remind you of your favorite cashmere sweater.
||Plush Carpeting is smooth and soft. Elegant and cozy, it's a popular choice for homes, apartments, and some businesses. Some plush carpet is made with partially with recycled materials, so you can feel good about giving back to the environment.|
The manufacturing of carpet - which can be described as sewing strands of yarn into a backing material - creates thousands of yarn loops. When the carpet is tufted with a high and low loop and left uncut, you have an unlevel, hi-lo or patterned loop. You can also have a patterned loop referred to as a cut loop. This occurs when some of the loops are cut, usually to form a distinctive pattern in the carpet. In some cases you may hear people refer to a distinct coloration in the carpet as a pattern. This is not uncommon but in most cases they are usually referring to a printed pattern or coloration in the yarn. Patterns in a carpet can provide a rich layer of sophistication and design to any room. At A Walk of Elegance, you'll find a wide range of options including geometric patterns, organic patterns, large, and small.
||There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the use of the term Berber as it relates to carpet. Even among industry insiders, the word Berber can have multiple meanings. The confusion surrounding Berber only grows when the terms Berber, loop and even pattern are used interchangeably. There is no wrong way to use the term Berber given that it can have different meanings for different people. The key to understanding is to have a conversation with one of our Design Consultants to ensure that everyone is on the same page. The use of the term Berber when it is used to describe a loop carpet can be traced back to an indigenous people of North Africa, the Berbers, who created hand woven textiles that featured a distinct knot and natural multi-color flecks spun from different parts of the sheep's coat. The knot is the distinguishing characteristic as the loops in loop carpeting today are similar in appearance to the woven knots in the textiles created by the Berber people. The most traditional and widespread use of the term Berber is when it is used to describe loop carpets. A loop carpet is a type of construction that is created when the yarn is sewn or tufted into the backing and left uncut (cut pile carpets are created when these loops are cut). There are some variations in loop carpeting as well, such as level loops, meaning that the loops are all one height, and patterned loops, which are created when the loops are varying heights. Some patterns are created with cut-and-loop construction, meaning some loops are cut and other are not.|
||The terms texture, along with cut-pile, plush and even Saxony, in carpet are some of the most widely used terms you will hear. The basic steps used to create all of these are pretty much the same. Let's start with the basic information first. The manufacturing of carpet - which can be described as sewing strands of yarn into a backing material - creates thousands of yarn loops. When these loops are tufted and left uncut, they are loop carpets. When all of the tufted loops are are cut, the result is a texture, often also called a cut-pile or plush. You can have variations of traditional textures depending on the length of the yarn, the twist in the yarn and the height. For example, you're probably familiar with the term "Shag" carpet, and it traditionally represents a taller height of yarn. Saxonies refer to lower, smoother finishes.|
||Twist in carpet technically refers to the number of times the yarn/yarns are twisted. But you may see certain types of carpets referred to as twists. In the industry we often refer to carpets with a high twist per inch as twists. You may also have heard the term frieze which is often used to describe this type of carpet. The higher the twist, the tighter the twist. When the twist is tight, the tuft of carpet will often curl over a bit, resulting in a casual and modern look. Because light hits the yarn in different places on the tuft, you often get the look of varying shades which creates visual interest and texture. Twists are a great choice for most homes because of their ability to minimize footprints. As with any carpet, care should be taken when selecting a vacuum in order to reduce the risk of the rotating brush causing any damage or fuzzing.|