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Choosing Carpet - Colour, Texture and Construction

carpet samplesWhen selecting a carpet, two factors that immediately come to mind are colour and texture.  The right combination will obviously complement the interior design of your living space and this is important.    More importantly however you should consider the area where the carpet is to be installed.   What type of traffic does the carpet have for instance?  This will help you decide on the actual construction of the carpet.   A bedroom carpet for example can be soft, light and fluffy whereas a public hallway carpet would more likely benefit by being short piled, dark coloured and hardwearing.
The most widely used fibres in carpet manufacturing are wool, nylon, polyester and polypropylene.   Wool is naturally resilient and an environmentally friendly option. Nylon is the most hardwearing without being too hard making it ideal for any room in your home even those rooms with high traffic.    Polyester however is not as resilient as nylon but is more resistant to staining and is a good choice for bedrooms or dining rooms where there is not constant traffic.   Polypropylene on the other hand  is stain resistant, mold and mildew resistant, can be easily cleaned and its colour does not fade.   Polypropylene however is not as hardwearing as nylon.

There are a few types of fibre construction in carpets, berber or loop pile, twist, saxony, velvet pile, cut and loop, Axminster and Wilton.   Berber has a continuous level loop whereas cut and loop carpet has strands that are upright which are actually loops that have been sheared.   Berber has a hard texture however does not crush easily and the loops can be easily damaged by pets with their sharp claws.    Its more suited to walkways, living rooms and entrances.   Saxony carpet is much softer to walk or lie on but tends to crush or matt when installed in a high traffic area. This type of carpet is more suited to bedrooms and areas with low levels of foot traffic. Axminster is the traditional method used for creating patterned carpet. Wilton is the oldest method of weaving carpet and can be used for patterned or plain carpet.

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