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Carpet Styles

What Style of Carpet Should I Select?

By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate



Common Carpet Styles


For many applications the carpet style you select is a matter of preference. You can also buy varying grade levels or quality of all styles available. 


First, select the style of carpet you like best and then consider what grade or quality you should buy. Rather than post pictures of carpets for you, I recommend that you visit a retail carpet store and get your hands on some actual carpet samples. Take some samples home for a couple of days and take your time making your decision. 




This type of carpet is usually one solid color and has a smooth, even pile height. During manufacturing, the tufts of this type of carpet are sheared to make the pile perfectly flat. It is the most popular style used in homes and apartments today. You can find practically any color imaginable. When made of nylon this type of carpet cleans easily and will wear well if properly maintained. Plush carpets will show footprints and vacuum marks. 




This plush carpet style often has more than one color of yarn and has varying tuft heights, thus reducing footprint and vacuum marks. It comes in many colors and has about the same cost as an even pile height plush style. 


FRIEZE (my favorite)


This style of carpet has very tightly twisted tufts and wears very well. It is often used in heavy traffic areas and provides reduced footprint and vacuum marks. Typically more expensive than plush styles, this would be a durable and elegant selection for the home.




This type of carpet has two types of tufts used in its construction, one is looped and one is not, which gives this carpet a hi-low appearance. The color usually varies in shade from light to dark and is rich in appearance.




A cut pile carpet in a relatively dense erect configuration,   Has well-defined individual tuft tips (this means it is easy to see each tuft on the surface of the carpet, giving it a rougher look or appearance).  Similar to a plush style.




This has become quite popular in recent years because of its elegant appearance. The tufts are looped and aligned in rows for a clean uniform look. When choosing this carpet be sure to select one with smaller loops to get the best wear. Large looped Berbers tend to collapse quickly and look worn-out sooner. 


I donít recommend Berber carpet in apartments or homes with small children or domestic pets as this carpet can snag and run easily and is difficult to repair. 




This style of Berber is not really a Berber at all. It does not have loops. It has a similar appearance of a plush style carpet but has a multicolored appearance, a speckled look. Usually the main color is light with darker flecks of color throughout.



Level Loop, Multi-Level Loop, and Cut-Pile and Cut & Loop Styles.


Commercial carpets are generally used in offices and commercial applications where there is heavy traffic. There are two commercial carpet styles I want to mention in particular. Commercial Level loop has small even loops and Commercial Cut Pile is a short napped plush type of carpet. Both are usually made of nylon or olefin. 


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