Saturday, 9 July 2011

Buying a carpet: Carpet styles

There are a variety of surface texture options available, all of which affect the appearance, feel and importantly performance of your carpet.

By and large, the more luxurious the surface, the more care it will need. Shorter pile usually wears better than long pile carpet but is not as luxurious. It all comes down to personal taste and room usage. The most common styles are:

Twist piles - These have a coarse, rugged finish

Velvet pile - Have a smooth luxurious appearance, rather like suede.

On a like for like basis the only difference between these is aesthetic.

Loop pile - These replicate the look of natural flooring such as coir and sisal. A tip here is that cats and anything with long claws are not a good idea with loop pile carpet.

Saxony - Has a deep pile with a pronounced sensuous feel. Popular in bedrooms they do flatten so are not recommended in heavy traffic areas

Patterned carpet - Usually has a smooth velvet surface with excellent appearance retention

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