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Types Of Carpets

Carpets are a wonderful way to add style to any room in your home. The type of carpet you purchase can greatly impact the feel of the room. When discussing types of carpet, we’ll look at the texture of the carpet as well as the various shapes or sizes that carpets come in.

Carpet Textures

Knowing your carpet textures will help you decide where a carpet best belongs in your home in terms of maintenance and style. Let’s take a look at the four different carpet textures.

Cut Pile
A cut pile carpet refers to a carpet whose loops have been cut. This leaves behind individual tufts of fiber. Cut pile carpets are very popular. Carpet durability is maintained despite the loops being cut; this is achieved by choosing durable fiber types, increasing the amount of twist in the fiber and having a high density of fiber tufts.

There are three separate types of cut pile carpets:

These cut pile carpets have fibers that are twisted and have a very ‘curly’ surface texture. The frieze texture minimizes footprints as well as vacuuming marks, so you can use it in areas with heavier traffic. The frieze cut pile creates a more casual look, making it suitable to use in playrooms, lounging areas or workshops.

Although these cut pile carpets still have a twist to their fiber, but they have a more level look. This creates a look somewhere in between casual and formal. Because the smooth surface minimizes footprints, the Saxony texture carpet is perfect for areas that are frequently used, but that don’t require a highly formal look. Try Saxony carpet in your home office or finished basement.
Also known as velvet cut pile, these carpets have a smooth, level texture. Because plush or velvet carpets look very luxurious, they are best used to create a sophisticated ambience and could look elegant in a formal living room.

Cut and Loop Pile
When a combination of cut pile and loop pile fibers are used to make a carpet, it’s usually to create a more decorative look. This combination can create sculpted effects in a carpet.

Level Loop Pile
A level loop pile carpet contains loops that are all of the same height. The increasingly popular Berber carpet is made of level or multi-level loop pile. The level loop pile carpet is very durable, making it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. The texture creates a casual, relaxed look. It’s frequently used in offices or finished basements.

Multi-Level Loop Pile
Multi-level loop pile is made of a few different loop heights. The different loop heights create a more interesting casual pattern in the carpet while maintaining a durable texture.

Carpet Shapes

Carpets come in many shapes and sizes. Here’s a look at the shapes of carpets and how they impact a room.

Wall-to-Wall Carpets
Wall-to-wall carpets cover an entire floor of a room. There are many advantages to installing wall-to-wall carpets in a room. The biggest bonus is that wall-to-wall carpet is an energy efficient way to insulate a room. It is frequently installed to hide a worn-out floor. Also, because the carpet is anchored between the baseboards of the room, it will remain anchored despite high traffic.

As with any choice, there are certain disadvantages to installing wall-to-wall carpet. For example, your initial cost of installation will be higher, as you’re covering an entire room and will need assistance with installation.

Carpet Squares
Also referred to as carpet modules or carpet tiles, carpet squares are a square of carpet usually measuring 18 inches all around which are placed over an entire area of floor. The one drawback to carpet tiles is that they really should be professionally installed, because a variety of problems can arise from incorrect installation. Problems include carpet tiles that separate or curl at the edges, which increases the possibility of tripping on your carpet.

Area Rugs
Area rugs are a very popular way to add some style to any room. A rug is defined as being a ‘loose-laid’ rug smaller than 9 by 6 feet in size. There are many advantages to purchasing an area rug. Area rugs come in an endless variety of colors, styles, price ranges and dimensions. You can also move around an area rug, and so it’s not anchored in any specific room.

The only drawbacks to area rugs is that they shift around under high-traffic and their edges may cause you to trip.

Scatter Rugs
Scatter rugs are smaller than area rugs, usually sizing in at 2 by 3 feet. Scatter rugs are mainly used to protect high-traffic areas, such as an entrance way or the kitchen sink.

Carpet Runners
A runner is usually between 3 and 4 feet wide and between 8 and 20 feet long. Runners are laid in hallways.

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