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What are the Different Types of Carpet?

Carpeting is a key element in home comfort and style, with options ranging from plush, luxurious piles to durable, stain-resistant loops. Each type offers unique benefits, whether it's the warmth of Saxony, the resilience of Berber, or the sleek sophistication of Frieze. Discover which carpet type aligns with your living space needs. What will suit your home best?
Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

New carpet can be a fairly large investment. Choosing the carpet that meet all of your needs, rather than choosing by color or style alone will help ensure that you get the best value. Depending on the types of carpet you prefer, you should be able to find the perfect one for nearly any setting.

For example, of the many types of carpet, loop carpet is a favorite in many homes for high traffic areas. It is also called "level loop" because it is made of loops that are all the same height. Using the same height loops and leaving them uncut creates a level, durable surface that is more resilient to wear and to "tracking" marks, created by walking or vacuuming.

Frieze carpeting.
Frieze carpeting.

On the other hand, one of the other kinds of carpet that is very popular in homes, is cut and loop, which is also known as "multi-level loop." Cut and loop uses different heights of loops, cutting some and leaving some uncut to create different textures and patterns. This carpet is preferred for lower traffic areas because it does not resist tracking marks as well, but it is a softer, more luxuriant carpet, making it perfect for living areas.

Loop carpeting is more resilient to wear created by vacuuming.
Loop carpeting is more resilient to wear created by vacuuming.

Saxony is very soft and supple although the appearance may be deceiving. The textured look is created by firmly twisting tufts of heavy yarn then softening them with heat. Because Saxony is made from heavy yarn, it is thick and warm and makes an excellent choice for home decor. Textured Saxony, however, is much more heavily twisted and textured. It is versatile and durable, and because it is also attractive, it makes a great choice for a business setting or those high traffic areas in the home.

Some carpets are soft and thick, making them perfect for rooms where people lie on the floor to watch TV.
Some carpets are soft and thick, making them perfect for rooms where people lie on the floor to watch TV.

Other types of carpet run the range from casual to formal. Perhaps the most casual type is Cable. Cable carpets are made up of thick, twisted yarns. These carpets are very soft and thick, making them perfect for family rooms where people lie on the floor to watch TV or play games.

For formal settings, the best kinds of carpet are plush, or "cut pile," and Velvet. Plush carpets have a level surface, which is created by cutting all the tufts of yarn the same length. Tracking marks are noticeable on cut pile carpets, since the pile can lean in any direction.

Saxony carpet, a type of cut pile carpet, should be used in high traffic areas of a home.
Saxony carpet, a type of cut pile carpet, should be used in high traffic areas of a home.

Velvet carpet, or "Smooth Velvet," is cut many times to create a velvet-like shimmer. Velvets are lush, elegant carpets and are perfect for the most formal settings. More formal types of carpet do not hide tracking. Every mark will show, which is why tracking marks are sometimes incorporated into the design plan. The carpet is gently raked to make shapes that compliment the rest of the decor. The design can be changed frequently to give the carpet a new, interesting look each day.

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anon38928

For commercial use, can you tell me the pros and cons about glue down or stretch with pad? Glenna

laurence

How long have broadloom carpets been in production/ manufactured in the UK?

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    • Frieze carpeting.
      By: Popova Olga
      Frieze carpeting.
    • Loop carpeting is more resilient to wear created by vacuuming.
      By: Supertrooper
      Loop carpeting is more resilient to wear created by vacuuming.
    • Some carpets are soft and thick, making them perfect for rooms where people lie on the floor to watch TV.
      By: Alena Ozerova
      Some carpets are soft and thick, making them perfect for rooms where people lie on the floor to watch TV.
    • Saxony carpet, a type of cut pile carpet, should be used in high traffic areas of a home.
      By: Jodie Johnson
      Saxony carpet, a type of cut pile carpet, should be used in high traffic areas of a home.