Which Carpet Style Should YOU Choose?
style of carpet is usually one solid color and has a
smooth, even pile height. During manufacturing, the tufts are sheared to make the pile perfectly
flat which can make foot prints and vacuum marks easy to see. It is still the most popular
style used in homes and apartments today.
You can find practically any color
imaginable with this style.
When made of nylon this type of carpet cleans easily and
will wear well if properly maintained.
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This plush carpet style often has more than one color of yarn
and has varying tuft height, thus reducing footprint and vacuum marks. It comes in
many colors and has about the same cost as an even pile height plush
This is a good carpet for kids, and when treated with a anti-stain
chemical is easy to maintain and spot clean.
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High / Low
This style has
looped and cut tufts creating a sculptured or manicured look. Generally this
style is made with a high cut pile and a low loop pile with a sculptured design.
This style is usually made using two or more colors to help hide dirt and
show less vacuum marks and footprints. The color usually varies in shade from light to dark and is rich in
FRIEZE (my favorite)
This style of carpet has very tightly twisted tufts and wears very well.
The tufts are not straight like a plush style, rather they are crooked, or wiggly
I think it makes any room look fantastic. It is often used in heavy
traffic areas and provides reduced footprint and vacuum marks. Typically more
expensive than plush styles, this would be a durable and elegant selection for the home.
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A cut pile carpet in a relatively dense erect tuft configuration,
has well-defined individual tuft tips (this
means it is easy to see each tuft on the surface of the carpet, (giving it a
rougher or bolder look or appearance).
Similar to a plush style, I call it a plush
and Loop Styles
carpet style uses a combination of cut and loop pile yarns to create a multitude
of elegant and practical patterns and textures. The picture shows 9
different patterns to give you an idea about how many different patterns are
This has become quite popular in recent years because of its
elegant appearance. The tufts are looped and aligned in rows for a clean uniform
When choosing this carpet be sure to select one with smaller loops to get
the best wear, like the one shown above. Large looped Berbers tend to collapse quickly and look
The Berber below
is a low quality carpet. You can tell this because the loops are already falling
over. Low quality Berbers are made of Olefin and have larger loops. Higher
quality looped Berbers are made of Nylon.
I donít recommend
Looped Berber styles in apartments or homes with
small children or pets as the loops can snag and run easily and is
difficult and expensive to repair.
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This style of Berber is not
a looped Berber like most of you have seen, in fact it is more like a Frieze. It does not have
any loops because the loops have been cut which is why they call it
a "Cut" Berber.
It usually has a multicolored appearance or a speckled egg look.
Buying a Cut Berber
made of Nylon is the best way to go if you want a carpet to last long time. Usually the main color is
off white with earth tones, with some very colorful with flecks
of colors like deep blues, bright reds and vibrant greens. An excellent choice
for most homeowners and it hides footprints and vacuum marks well.
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COMMERCIAL GRADE CARPETS
Level Loop Styles
Above are three
different colors of a commercial grade level-loop carpet. Commercial carpets are generally used in offices and
commercial applications where there is very heavy traffic. There are two types I want
to mention. Commercial Level loop has small loops and Commercial Cut
Pile is a short napped plush type of carpet.
styles are usually made from Polypropylene also known as Olefin. Nylon is
usually a more costly option.
Commercial carpets are designed to tolerate heavy traffic. Even
when made from Olefin, looped styles tend to wear like iron. Why? because the
loops are very small and tightly packed together. The low pile height and high
density is what makes commercial grade carpet last such a long time and tolerate
On the other side of the coin, larger
looped Berbers that are not very dense tend to mat down in a hurry and look worn-out
much faster than those styles with smaller loops and higher density.
Commercial grade carpets can be installed over padding or glued
directly to the floor without a pad. Gluing in down without a pad will yield the
best results if you are looking for a carpet that will last a long time and take
Here's a photo of a
commercial grade "cut-pile" carpet. Notice how smooth the pile is compared to the level
loop styles shown above. You can also choose a "Cut & Loop
Style" to get the best features of both styles.