Are you ready to go carpet shopping? You’ll just need to know how to make your selection. The more you understand about the different types of carpeting, the easier it will be to make a solid decision.

First, let’s look at looped carpeting, which is differentiated further as a level loop and multi-level loop carpet. Loop carpeting is just that – the fibers are bent into loops. It may be considered long-lasting and stain-resistant, but not generally known for softness. Berber is an example of level loop carpet. It’s great for high-traffic areas. Multi-level loop carpeting has patterned texture created by the varied heights of loops. It can be eye-catching and an attractive enhancement when matched well with the décor of the room.

The alternate type of carpet is called cut pile because the yarn loops are cut. This carpet is often more dense and softer than loop pile. There are a number of subcategories of a cut pile to choose from. Here are just a few:

  • Textured carpet, with its uneven lengths of fibers, makes a rougher surface. Indentations from moved furniture is less noticeable and soil, pet accidents or food and beverage spills are easier to wipe away and less noticeable.
  • Plush often has a more formal appearance with its smooth texture. This could be great informal dining rooms and living rooms.
  • Frieze carpet has long-cut fibers. There was a time that shag carpet was very popular. Shag is frieze carpet with especially long fibers and it isn’t usually suggested for foot-traffic areas.

Cut and loop is one more carpet style that includes both cut pile and loop pile fibers. Combining the best of both, this carpet is recommended for hiding dirt and stains and durability.

All carpet comes in an enormous variety of colors, textures, and styles. And beyond that, you will have to choose between synthetic and natural fibers, as well as weight and density, and the pricing that best fits your budget. It can be difficult to decide what’s best for each room of your house. The more you know, the easier for you!

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