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Carpet Fibres 101: Choosing a Carpet Fibre for your Home

28 January 2022

General

It only takes a quick Google search to realise that there are a multitude of styles, fibres, colours and price points to choose from when selecting a carpet for your home. It is great to have so much choice, however it can become overwhelming to know which is the best choice for your home. 

It is also important to know which type of fibre is going to work with your home. Do you have children or pets and need a more durable type of carpet? Are you on a budget and looking for some bang for your buck? Or are you after a fibre that feels a little more high-end? 

Here is a rundown of the different carpet fibres available and their features. 

Polypropylene

A Polypropylene carpet is an excellent choice for anywhere that could be subject to spillage or stains as it is resistant to water and most stains. Made from synthetic fibres, this carpet would be a smart choice for a kid’s bedroom or playroom. It is also one of the most affordable carpets on the market.

Pros 

  • Most affordable 
  • Colour-fast 
  • Resists most stains 
  • Water-resistant 

Cons 

  • Limited colour range 
  • Not recommended for high traffic areas 
EC Carpets - Hazelgrove in Colour Seabeck

Polyester

Polyester carpet is also made from synthetic fibres but has a softer feel underfoot and lustrous appearance. This carpet is slightly more durable and is an affordable option. It is also stain and water resistant, making it a nice, affordable choice for growing family’s home

Pros 
  • Affordable
  • Soft 
  • Lustrous appearance 
  • Rich colour 
  • Water and stain-resistant 
Cons 
  • May not be as durable as other fibre options 
Redbook green - Wild River in colour Gentle Wind

Nylon

Otherwise known as Solution Dyed Nylon, these carpets are among the most durable on the market and have increased stain resistance. SDN offers features similar to that of a wool carpet, without the price tag. These carpets are a popular choice for Australian homes and are hold up well in high traffic areas. 

Pros 

  • Increased stain-resistance 
  • Increased colour-fastness 
  • Long-term durability 
  • Great range of colours  

Cons 

  • Highest price point of the synthetic fibres 
Godfrey Hirst - Modern Texture in colour Morning Fog

Triexta

Triexta is the new kid on the block when it comes to fibres and is a more environmentally friendly option. It is soft underfoot and is engineered to be highly stain resistant from within its fibre – you can spot clean just using water!  

Pros 

  • Synthetic 
  • Soft 
  • Matte appearance 
  • Highly stain resistant 
  • Environmentally friendly – It is partially made from corn 

Cons 

  • There are questions around the longevity of this carpet as it has only been on the market for a short time 
Redbook green - Scenic Walk in colour Bright Day

Wool

Wool is a tried and tested option, most known for being a luxurious carpet choice, seen in many high-end homes. It is also great for cold climates, providing natural insulation. It is the only natural fibre on the market, which boasts proven longevity and durability. 

Pros 

  • Natural 
  • Luxurious 
  • Soft 
  • Insulating 
  • Biodegradable 

Cons 

  • Higher price point than other fibre options 
Feltex - Daydream Reef in colour Coral

 

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