Previously, we discussed the types of fiber utilized to make carpeting; but there’s much more to the story. There are nearly as many different carpet types as there are fibers! **
Cut Pile has been popular for quite awhile and remains a top-selling choice for many homeowners. The construction offers a great deal of versatility and durability. Certain Cut Pile carpeting is recommended for high-traffic areas as the twisted yarn will retain its shape over long periods of time. There are several different types of carpet which utilize Cut Pile. The first is called “Plush.” Plush carpets are soft to the touch and richly textured. These carpets retain footprint and vacuum impressions but are among the most luxurious carpets manufactured. The second iteration is “Saxony.” This carpet is created by twisting two piles or more and using heat to set it. It is an elegant carpet appropriate for formal settings. The third type is “Textured.” These carpets are available in a wide range of patterns and styles. Among the most versatile of this group, it is appropriate for both casual and formal settings and can withstand heavy foot traffic. The fourth type of Cut Pile is “Frieze.” These carpets are among the most durable and resilient carpets manufactured. They are easy to clean and typically hold up well with heavy usage.
There are several different types of loop carpeting; the type you choose has much to do with the level of foot traffic and style of room. A Level Loop pile, displayed above, is advisable if your room experiences quite a bit of use; therefore, it is quite popular in commercial venues. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, this pattern is found in Berber carpets and recommended for “contemporary to cottage furnishings.”
The Patterned or Multi-Level Loops are exactly as the name suggests; loops with varying heights which create a certain pattern. This style of carpet tends to provide a more casual appearance and is ideal in medium traffic areas.
Finally, the Cut and Loop pattern is a combination of both styles which serve to enhance various patterns and textures. The effect of certain loops being cut while others remain uncut makes this carpeting distinctive.
As you can see, the varieties of patterns and construction are vast offering several choices for the conscientious homeowner. Choose the carpet that best suits your lifestyle and you will enjoy it for many years to come!
**Cut Pile & Loop illustrations courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute Website.