Understanding a few simple basics about types of carpet constructions will help you make the right choices for your lifestyle and budget.
Types of Carpet: Cut Pile Carpet
Still one of today's most popular carpet types, cut pile carpeting achieves its durability through the type of fiber used, density of tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. Highly twisted yarn will hold its shape longer, making it a smart choice for high-traffic areas. Cut piles can be segmented into four basic styles:
Types of Carpet: Level Loop Pile Carpet
All loop where loops are the same height, creating an informal look. This style generally lasts a long time in high-traffic areas. This is a good choice for contemporary furnishings and commercial applications.
Types of Carpet: Multi-Level or Patterned Loop Pile Carpet
This style usually has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects, providing good durability and a more casual look. This style works for the entire house, especially family rooms.
Types of Carpet: Cut-Loop Pile Carpet
This carpet style combines cut and looped yarns. It provides variety of surface textures, including sculptured effects of squares, chevrons and swirls. The multicolor effects hide soil and stains.
Source: Carpet and Rug Institute 2010
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