Some of the most important things to consider when choosing carpet are:
What “look” do you want? Our wide array of carpets have inspiring looks from natural ranges to graphic designs.
The room it will be in. We have a vast selection to choose from for every room in your home.
The amount of foot traffic to which the carpet will be exposed. Different types of construction work well for a variety of traffic issues.
Do you have an active household? Children and pets should be considered when deciding on the appropriate carpet.
Answering these questions cannot only help you in your color decisions, but also in the type of carpet construction you use. Darker colored carpets or multi-colored or patterned carpets (compared to solid colored lighter carpets) are especially effective in hiding soil.
Performance of the carpet is related to the amount and quality of fiber in the pile. The better the fiber and denser it is packed, the better the carpet’s performance. You should seek to buy the highest quality carpet that you can afford.
Color appearance can vary depending upon the type of light under which a sample is viewed and the light sources where the carpet is installed. You should seek to view the sample at your residence and under as many different light conditions as possible prior to making your final decision.
Green Tip: Define your green. “Green” is different for different people. Some want natural “ingredients”, others, floors that last a very long time or keep a home allergy free. Wool carpet is all of these.
Extensive studies have established that properly installed and maintained carpet is safe and non toxic to humans and domestic animals. However, there are isolated incidents of individuals who are hypersensitive to certain items including furnishings and cleaning materials. If you have experienced this hypersensitivity, consult an environmental medical specialist for guidance in selecting appropriate products.
Carpet Manufacturing Techniques
Carpet manufacturing today is a mix of 21st century innovation and old world craftmanship. Carpet is manufactured in two ways: tufted or woven. Most carpets are tufted- consisting of rows of machine sewn yarns held together by adhesive and a backing. The tufting process is similar to using a large sewing machine about 13 feet wide with hundreds of needles sewing the yarn into a backing. Tufted carpets make up 90% of all manufactured carpet.
Woven carpets are made on a loom and are known for their longer life span (often over 30 years). These types of carpets are popular for areas where longevity and design flexibility are a big part of the design process, especially in the hospitality industry. Many homeowners use woven wiltons and axminsters as design statements.
Types of Carpet Construction
CARPETS have three basic constructions:
Cut Pile - achieved by shearing across the tops of the loops
Loop Pile - where the carpet pile is a loop formed as the yarn is threaded through a backing then sewn back through.
Loop and Cut Pile - a combination of both cut and loop tufts.
Saxony: Sometimes called plush or velvet, a saxony has short strands of yarn that are cut evenly and twisted together for a soft, smooth, formal look. These carpets have a tendency to display temporary shading or permanent pile reversal from footprints or vacuuming. This is regarded as a characteristic of the style, and has no detrimental impact on the carpet’s performance.
Frieze: Short, durable, extra twisted yarn in the frieze style often has flecks of color, giving it a casual look that’s highly versatile.
Longer, more irregular friezes are called shags. Quality of friezes have improved with better yarns and more varied constructions such as mixing thick and thin as well as long and short yarns. Extremely durable, it also provides a sensual and luxurious feel.
CUT AND LOOP PILE
Cut and Loop Pile: Tufts of different height give a textured and patterned appearance, or level, providing a stylish finish with a smooth, soft feel. Because of its unique construction, a range of distinctive patterns can be combined with colors that appeal to individual tastes.
Wool stabilizes relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity. If maintained, it absorbs and neutralizes airborne particles and fumes such as formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides.
Level Loop: Often called Berber, carpet with loops of equal height. It hides footprints and vacuum marks. It is very durable and great for informal, high-traffic areas.
Multi Loop: Yarns of varying heights, often create patterns that help conceal dirt. Multiloop is not as lush as cut pile, but longer loops make it softer than level loop.
Sisal: A loop pile carpet made with textured loops in straight rows. Popular due to its classical appearance and adaptability to almost any interior design.