Carpet types


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Cut pile carpets

Cut Pile Carpets depending on the type yarn, can look smooth(Saxony) or slightly textured(textured Saxony or textured plush) or as though the surface is covered by very curly ends(frieze). Cut Pile carpets are extremely versatile and are commonly used in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, dens and great rooms. The more textured or twisted yarns the less they will show foot prints and vacuum cleaner marks.

Cut pile carpets are constructed from either staple fibers or bulk continuos filament(BCF). Staple fibers can cause pilling at first after installation. That is because staple yarns are made up of short cut fibers that are spun together just like wool.


Saxony styles are more traditional and can show footprints and vacuum marks.

Textured saxony

Styles are versatile and more casual than Saxonies. They help hide footprints and vacuum marks.


Styles are more informal, but very durable and minimize footprints and vacuum marks.

Loop pile carpet

This type of carpet has a knobby appearance made by each tuft being brought back into the backing. Loop pile carpets are generally more durable than cut pile styles. Loop pile carpet can be made up of level loops (all the same height) or multi-level loops to form a pattern or add more texture.

Cut and loop carpet

Also called cut & uncut. Feature a combination of both loops and cut pile yarns that are used to create patterned designs. Patterned carpets can help hide traffic patterns in a room as well as give the floor a more interesting visual appearance. For example, a family room or rec-room may be the perfect place for a patterned cut and loop carpeting, especially if the room gets a lot of traffic.

Carpet color

Color is added to carpet in two basic ways. The fiber can be "solution dyed"m which means the color pigments are mixed in with the liquid polymers producing fiber strands that are colored all the way through - just like a carrot. Or, the carpet fibers are made first into white synthetic fibers, then topically dyed which leaves the color on the surface of the fibers - like a red radish. Since the color goes all the way the solution dyed fibers, any solution dyed carpeting will have a superior face and bleach resistance. This can be important if the room has a lot of sunlight coming through the windows and you are worried about fading.

For resilience (the ability to stand up to traffic), nylon is the best carpet fiber. But, nylon is inherently prone to staining which is why mos nylon carpets are coated with stain and soil resistant treatments that may need to be replaced eventually after repeated cleanings.