Your style is personal, unique and natural to you. If you’re looking for a carpet style to match the way you live you’ve come to the right place.
There are six basic styles of carpet: textured, plush (Saxony), frieze, cable, looped (Berber), and cut & loop.
Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities. You should carefully consider all of each style’s features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.
Textured: an American favorite.
This is a very popular cut pile carpet that has alternating twists of yarn creating a two-tone appearance.The textured surface of this carpet does a great job of hiding footprints and vacuum marks. This carpet creates a more casual atmosphere in the room. Textured carpets are great for all areas in the home, are ideal for today’s active families and are available in a broad range of colors and prices.
Plush/Saxony: in a word, luxury.
For a more formal, traditional and elegant look, consider the beautiful Saxony. This style has a smooth, soft, velvet plush look and a luxurious feel. Each yarn has a uniform twist and finish, making this carpet the perfect solution for a master bedroom, dining room or a formal living room.This style is not a good choice for high traffic areas or rooms with active kids. Also be aware that this style does show footprints and vacuum marks.
Frieze: the durable one.
For an active area, a frieze carpet is a great choice. This is a cut pile style that has a very high twist level, meaning each strand of yarn is twisted so tightly that they actually curl over at the end.This creates a textured surface with a knobby appearance, and a carpet of high durability and very good wear-ability. These carpets are great performers in high-traffic areas and can go anywhere in your home. They also hide footprints and are available in various pile heights that create a variety of different looks.
Cable: cozy underfoot.
Cable style carpet is constructed of thicker, typically longer yarn. This style is very comfortable underfoot and beautiful in a bedroom or living room.This style is better suited for rooms without a lot of activity as it can matte and crush with heavy foot traffic. It is not recommended for stairs, hallways and other busy areas in your home.
Looped/Berber: easy living, long lasting.
A looped style carpet is often referred to as a Berber. Berbers are really big bulky yarns that are either produced in a level loop or multi-level loop carpet construction. Although many Berbers are made out of olefin fiber, some are made with nylon, or a blend of various carpet fibers. Looped carpets are very durable. This is the result of not cutting the yarn tips. You can see each individual loop. Looped carpets are ideal for casual, active family rooms and come in solid colors, Berber fleck and patterns with varying levels of loops.This carpet hides traffic patterns well but be advised that this style may make seams more apparent and its backing is more visible on stairs.
Cut & Loop: fun or formal.
Cut & Loop is a combination of cut and looped yarns that create pattern effects by the variation in surface textures.Like looped styles, these carpets are low profile and thus perform well, however, sometimes their seams are visible.Cut & loop carpets are very fashionable today, they’re used in casual and traditional rooms and are available in many patterns including fun geometrics and formal botanicals.Their distinctive carved appearance and multiple colors do a good job of hiding stains and standing up to traffic.