If you are shopping for carpet, you may be interested in the definition of carpet styles that are available. Yes, there really are definitions of carpet styles!!
Carpet can be grouped into three main constructions of loop pile, cut pile, and cut and loop pile. Each of these types may be used in the home; although cut piles s most popular for residential carpet.
Today American Berber carpet is made of wool and a variety of other fibers including silk, nylon, olefin and PET, which is a material made of recycled plastic bottles. The term Berber refers to the weave of the carpet, not the material from which it is made. American Berber is machine-made. Nylon and wool Berbers are the best quality, easiest to clean and most long-wearing. Wool is a natural fiber that is resistant to the growth of bacteria. Olefin and PET carpets are less expensive than other materials, but they do not last as long and they are more difficult to keep clean. They are also likely to crush more easily and are not as comfortable underfoot.
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Cut Pile Carpet
Cut pile constructions can be used in both residential and commercial carpet installations. However, cut piles are used far more widely in residential applications and comprise the largest share of the residential market. There are numerous subcategories of cut pile carpet. Each category provides a different appearance or finished look. The following categories of cut pile can be found when shopping for residential carpet.
While other cut pile categories exist, these constitute the most popular styles of residential carpet. These include shag carpet – a low density, high pile height product popular during the 1970s. This construction tends to increase and decrease in popularity depending upon design trends. Also, multi-level cut piles, sometimes called carved saxonies, utilize higher and lower cuts to form patterns.
I know this is a very long post-- but there are a lot of terms being misused out there and it can make things confusing as a shopper! Hope you find it helpful!
The Floor Network
I've been in the flooring business since I was a teenager and became my Dad's apprentice. Many things have changed since...new products, new techniques, "green" products that don't produce fumes that make you sick, but the bottom line is everyone starts with a solid floor or wall and then, with some thought and planning, it becomes the foundation for the design style of your home!