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CARPET TYPES EXPLAINED

Most UK carpets are either woven or tufted.

 

Tufted Carpets
Most carpets are tufted – they are made by inserting pile yarn into backing fabric and adding another backing layer. Tufted carpets have a more limited range of patterns and colours than Axminsters.

 

Twist Pile Carpets
Twist pile carpets are perfect for busy family homes. They are available in simple block colours or a speckled finish known as heather carpet. The speckled look means that the carpet is less likely to show up dirt or marks. They are a hardwearing carpet and very popular choices as hallway, dining room or living room carpets. Twist pile carpets are made by embedding tightly twisted tufts of yarn (wool or synthetic) into the backing material.

Our Twist pile ranges are: STAINFREE ARENA, STAINFREE PRINCE, STAINAWAY HARVEST HEATHERS, TUFTEX TWIST, HAMILTON.

 

Loop Pile Carpets
Loop pile carpets give the floor a more textured look and feel in comparison. The longer the loop, the more bounce the carpet has underfoot. Often people choose neutral loop carpet shades to give a room a rural feel. It is a sound choice in most living areas (NOTE : check with Tony if unsuitable for stairs due to flattening the pile on high impact spots?). Best to avoid choosing loop carpets if you have pets with claws!

Our Loop pile ranges are: WILTON ROYAL OAKDALE (Berber Carpet), ARIVA, ECUADOR.

 

Saxony Pile Carpets
If a luxurious feel is what you are looking for – then Saxony carpets could be the right match for you. The long yarns create a depth, wamth and comfort which makes them a sought-after option for bedrooms. Nothing feels better than the deep softness of Saxony on bare feet when you wake up!

Saxony carpets are better suited to lower traffic areas in your house and may not be the optimum choice for areas frequented by young children or pets.

Our Saxony pile ranges are: STAINFREE ACCLAIM, STAINFREE MAJESTY, STAINFREE SUPERIOR, NUANCE, ATTRACTION.

 

Woven Carpets
The traditional of making carpets involves weaving pile yarn and backing fabric together. Woven carpets tend to last longer but are pricier than tufted carpets. Woven types are Axminster (patterned) and Wilton (often plain but can have upto 5 colours).

Our Woven ranges includes: BRINTONS AXMINSTER (we have samples available)

 

Wool Carpet or Synthetic Carpet or Both?
Picking the right fibre for a room is an important factor when you are considering buying your carpet. Fibres are natural or synthetic – these can be used together in carpets.

 

Wool Carpet
Wool carpet is often seen as the best – it’s soft, springy, easy to clean, will retain its colour and appearance for years, and is naturally flame resistant. Like any material, the quality of wool varies – and so does the density of the carpet material. Look out for the “pile weight” as an indicator.

 

Synthetic Carpet
These fibres may be better suited in homes with young children or pets where spills and accidents are more common.

 

Nylon Carpet
Nylon is very hard-wearing – good for heavy foot traffic areas such hallways. It’s cheaper than wool but it lacks some of wool’s long-term benefits. It’s often used as a 20% blend with wool as a carpet material combination.

 

Polypropylene Carpet
This is a popular option and new technology has improved its quality vastly in recent years. It’s stain resistant and durable.

Home Call Carpets, 66 Rockingham Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 1SJ