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Know Your Carpet Styles

13 February 2018 | Helpful Tips and Hints

To select a carpet style that will meet your needs, it helps to understand the carpet styles available. There are two basic methods for constructing carpet: pile and loop pile. These styles can be combined in a single surface design as a cut and loop construction, allowing manufacturers to create a near endless array of carpet styles and effects. Read more about the differences between these three carpet constructions so you can get creative with carpeting in your home.

Cut Pile

Made by cutting the yarn loops to create an upright pile, cut pile carpets are soft and luxurious to the touch. Varying the pile length and twist level creates a variety of styles, including:

Plush – Cut pile plush carpet features short and slightly twisted yarn that stands upright. This style is excellent for creating a formal look while providing a velvety soft feel underfoot, making it perfect for areas like formal dining rooms or guest rooms.

Twist – As the name suggests, the pile in this carpet is twisted so that it lies in different directions, producing a random texture. This carpet is soft yet durable, and its irregular texture is less likely to show tracking from feet or vacuuming.

Frieze – Frieze features a long pile that produces its signature “shaggy” look that’s still shorter than true shag pile carpets. Its soft texture is hardy and comfortable, making it perfect for informal spaces like bedrooms or family rooms.

Cut pile carpet styles

Loop Pile

This style is constructed by threading the fibres through the carpet backing to form a series of loops. The following are some varieties of loop pile carpets:

Level loop pile – Featuring a tightly threaded pile that is all the same length, this carpet has a uniform surface. It’s a particularly great choice for high-traffic areas of the home such as hallways.

Multi-level loop pile – The varying lengths of loops in this durable carpet create distinct shapes and patterns.

Sisal/Cord – The loop lengths in this style can be even or alternate between high and low,  resulting in a range of different textures and patterns. The defining characteristic of sisal or cord carpet is the firm feel created by the tightly looped construction.

Loop pile carpet styles

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining the two methods of cutting and looping pile allows for interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet can add a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile – The lineal patterns created by this soft and stylish carpet will help to give the illusion of space. Level cut and loop pile is also good for hiding dirt and footprints, meaning it will be right at home in a kid’s room.

Textured cut and loop pile – For a carpet style that’s downright artistic, look to textured cut and loop pile. This style is constructed from varying lengths of the pile that produce distinctive patterns with captivating depth. It’s also a great style for hiding marks.

Always remember to consider the needs of the area when you’re laying down carpet, as some styles will offer better performance than others. Speak to one of our friendly sales consultants at your local Andersens store for professional advice on selecting the right carpet style.

Cut & loop pile carpet styles

Always remember to consider the needs of the area when you’re laying down carpet, as some styles will offer better performance than others.

Speak to one of our friendly sales consultants at your local Andersens store for more professional advice on selecting the right carpet style.

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