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Carpet | Styles
Ideally, carpet is made from Bulk Continuous Filaments (BCF) where the fibers are heat-set and twisted, resulting in a highly durable product, although it is commonly made from spun or “stapled” yarn which is less costly, but more prone to “shedding.”
Carpets are generally constructed with either a “loop-pile” or “cut-pile”, or a combination of both. In a loop-pile carpet the yarn is tufted into loops while in cut-pile the loops are cut at the top, leaving the tufted yarn to stand straight.
Loop Pile | Carpet
Made from loops, are easy to clean and highly recommended for traffic areas and stairs, especially suited for contemporary lifestyles.
Loop Pile | Level Loop
A “level loop” carpet is, by definition, a carpet which has a pile comprised entirely of looped tufts of fiber, each of equal height. This style of carpet is usually made of nylon or wool (as opposed to the typical “berber” style carpet which is made of Olefin and is comprised of multi-level loops) It is extremely durable in high traffic areas, and does not show vacuum tracks.
Loop Pile | Multi-Level Loop
This carpet style is created from combining different loop heights in a single carpet, thereby altering the way the light refracts off of the carpet pile, resulting in a stunning collection of patterns and textures. Multi-level loop carpets are available in most natural and synthetic carpet fibers.
Loop Pile | Berber
Although this term is often used to refer to any carpet with a loop pile, the modern term “berber” generally refers to an economical multi-colored, loop-pile carpet made from olefin. It doesn’t show footmarks or vacuum tracks, and is a popular choice for basement recreation rooms.
Loop Pile | Cut & Loop
This carpet style is created by combining cut-pile and loop-pile carpet in order to create sculptured design effects, a softer feel, and deeper, lusher colors. The cut-and loop style is usually only found in nylon or wool carpets.
Loop Pile | Sisal
Although actual “sisal” is a plant native to Mexico (agave sisalana) which can be woven into a tight eco-friendly matting material, the term “sisal” is more commonly used to refer to a low-pile carpet with a linear pattern. As it is a popular style, it can be found in several natural and synthetic carpet fibers.
Cut Pile | Carpet
Cut Pile carpets come in many looks and textures, and are available in wool, nylon, and polyester.
Cut Pile | Plush or Velvet
The term “plush” is widely used in popular culture to depict smooth, sophisticated luxury, and the term certainly applies here. A plush carpet is a soft, smooth, dense cut-pile carpet. The term “velvet” refers to the ultra-soft carpet which tracks like velvet when vacuumed.
Cut Pile | Saxony or Textured
These dense cut-pile styles are designed with a very high heat-set twist so as to reduce the crushing and traffic marks evident in plush and velvet styles. It has been the traditional benchmark style for casual residential applications in mid to high traffic areas.
Cut Pile | Frieze
This style of carpet is sometimes referred to as a “mini-shag,” (but no 1960’s-style rake is required). Today’s frieze’s are designed with the most advanced fibers and heat-twisting technology, and perform extremely well in medium to high traffic zones. With the recently popularity of hard surfaces, a frieze offers an extremely comfortable, casual, and luxurious living area.
Carpet | Tile
Are quickly becoming a popular high-value flooring option for commercial high-traffic areas where there is a high probability that a portion of the carpet will have to be replaced due to spills, staining, damage, and heavy traffic. Carpet tiles come in 18″ and 24″ squares, have backings made from recycled rubber, and do not require pad. It is installed using pressure-sensitive adhesive for easy replacement, or even double sided tape.
Indoor/Outdoor | Carpet
This sun-and-weather resistant polypropylene carpet is available in many colors, textures, and designs. It provides a colorful low-cost, low-maintenance, anti-slip surface that is ideal for porches, pool decks, boats, and even many indoor applications. It is also available in constructions suitable for a range of light-duty to heavy-duty applications.