Carpet is an ancient but beautiful idea. Modern carpet traces its roots to ancient times, when cultures passed hand-tying and knotting skills from generation to generation. The Sixteenth Century brought merchant adventurers and explorers home to Europe and with them the awareness and desire for rich textiles and rugs from the East. It wasn't long before the appreciation of textile floor coverings took off, came to America, and became one of the most fundamental and beautiful parts of our modern home interior. Carpet continues to be popular for many reasons.
Primary flooring choice
- relatively inexpensive
- comfortable underfoot
- easier to install and replace
- fashion options to meet every style and décor
- warmer, softer and quieter
Choosing the ideal carpet style is all about knowing the right combination of aesthetics, performance and budget that meets the needs of your lifestyle.
- Six basic styles of carpet
- Textured, Saxony or plush, frieze, cable, looped, and cut & loop.
- Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities.
- Carefully consider all of each style's features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.
- textured carpet if you want casual
- very popular cut pile carpet
- alternating twists of yarn
- two-tone appearance.
- hides footprints and vacuum marks
- great for all areas in the home, especially for active families
- available in a broad range of prices.
- formal, traditional and elegant look
- smooth, soft, velvet plush look
- luxurious feel
- yarn has uniform twist and finish
- good for master bedrooms, dining room or a formal living room
- not a good choice for high traffic areas or active kids
- shows footprints and vacuum marks.
- cut pile style with a high twist level
- each strand of yarn is twisted so tightly that it curls over at the end
- for active areas
- has a textured surface with a knobby appearance
- durable and wears well
- performers well in high-traffic areas
- can go anywhere in your home
- hides footprints
- available in various pile heights for different looks.
- constructed of thicker, typically longer yarn
- very comfortable underfoot
- beautiful in a bedroom or living room
- better suited for rooms without a lot of activity
- can matte and crush with heavy foot traffic
- not recommended for stairs, hallways.
- referred to as a Berber
- big bulky yarns produced in a level loop or multi-level loop
- made out of olefin fiber
- some made with nylon, or a blend of various fibers
- very durable because of not cutting the yarn tips
- you can see each individual loop
- ideal for casual, active family rooms
- come in solid colors, Berber fleck, patterns with varying levels of loops
- hides traffic patterns well
- may make seams more apparent
- backing is more visible on stairs.
Cut & Loop
- combination of cut and looped yarns that crate pattern effects by the variation in surface textures
- also referred to as patterned carpet
- low profile and thus perform well
- sometimes seams are visible
- very fashionable
- used in casual and traditional rooms
- available in many patterns like fun geometrics and formal botanicals
- distinctive carved appearance and multiple colors
- hides stains
- stands up to traffic.
New Carpeting can be elaborate and elegant, cool and contemporary or tasteful and traditional. It's one of America's most popular floor covering choices, enhances virtually any room and it can add value to your residence. Keeping that feeling, and your carpet in beautiful condition, is a challenge if you don't know the proper steps of maintenance. And that's why we created this section. We want you to know that, with the care guidelines below, your new carpet can stay attractive for many years, and many bare-foot crossings, to come.
- Place walk-off mats wherever there are entrances to your home.
- Buy a quality vacuum and use it regularly.
- Use a machine with a good beater bar and maximum suction.
- If your vacuum uses bags, be sure to change them frequently
- Carpet cushion plays an important role in preserving the look and feel of your carpet.
- Don't vacuum over loose yarn or try to pull out the snag.
- Rearrange your furniture periodically.
- Treat stains as soon as possible.
- Cleaning by a reputable, a professional cleaner is suggested approximately once a year to protect your investment.
- Read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.