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Understanding the Different Types of Carpeting

By Aladdin Modjarrad

You finally made the decision, carpet is the way to go for your new flooring. That was the easy part though, as now, as you will find when you hit the local flooring store there are several different types of carpet available to choose from (not to mention hundreds of different colors and patterns) Some types of carpet work better in certain rooms and situations than others, so it is helpful to know a little bit about each when you are out shopping. Here is a brief primer:

Frieze – Frieze carpet (properly pronounced “free-zay”) is great for very high traffic areas. Its very twisted pile is made up of shorter fibers that naturally curl in a number of different directions.This means that footprints and marks left by the vacuum do not show as readily as they do on other types of carpet.

Texture Carpeting – When it is being manufactured the fibers of a texture carpet are cut and twisted in a similar manner to that of frieze carpeting but to a much lesser degree. The resulting look is somewhat different but texture carpets still do very well in high foot traffic areas.

Loop Carpet – Also known as Berber carpet, loop carpet is made up of tall loops, all roughly the same height, and is usually multicolored rather than just having one solid main hue. The variations in color make loop carpeting a great choice for spaces where spills and stains are more likely to happen – your kid’sbedroom for example.

Wool Carpet – All natural and beautiful to behold wool carpeting is often the first choice for those seeking to make their home a more environmentally friendly place. Some people are surprised by how easy it is to care for as well.

Pattern – The patterns in pattern carpet are formed by the cut of the pile itself.when it is being creating “islands”of high cut pile mingle with lower loops to give it a distinctive 3D effect. If your room decor tends towards the contemporary and modern, pattern carpet is a great design choice.

Plush Carpeting – The ultimate in carpet luxury the velvety softness of plush carpeting makes it the perfect choice for a formal dining or living room.

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