Carpet Buying Guide

12 August 2019 | Helpful Tips and Hints

Andersens Carpet Buying Guide


Looking for the best carpet? Because of factors like budget and taste, the best carpet for your neighbour might not be the best carpet for you. So, how can you decide which carpet will suit you? Start by considering these points.


Many home renovators dream of a bottomless bank account. The reality is most home renovators do have to consider their budget. Carpet is a more affordable flooring option but the price can still vary. The cost of your carpet will depend on which carpet fibre you choose. Check out the features of each carpet below.


  • Synthetic
  • Most affordable
  • Colour-fast
  • Resists most stains
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited colour range


  • Synthetic
  • Affordable
  • Soft
  • Lustrous appearance
  • Rich colour
  • Water and stain-resistant


  • Synthetic
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Wide colour range

Solution Dyed Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Increased stain-resistance
  • Increased colour-fastness
  • Long-term durability


  • Synthetic
  • Soft
  • Matte appearance
  • Highly stain-resistant
  • Partially made from corn


  • Natural
  • Luxurious
  • Soft
  • Insulating
  • Biodegradable



The look of your carpet will differ based on the construction method used. 

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are created by cutting the yarn loops to create a  soft, upright pile. You can vary the pile length and twist level create a variety of styles, including:


  • Lightly-twisted yarn
  • Smooth surface
  • Formal look
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Low-traffic areas
  • Suits formal spaces (living and dining rooms, guest rooms)


  • Pile twists in different directions
  • Random texture
  • Casual style
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits the whole home


  • Longer pile
  • Textured finish
  • “Shaggy” look 
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits high traffic areas
  • Suits informal spaces (bedrooms, family rooms)

Loop Pile

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

Level loop pile

  • Tightly-threaded loops
  • Uniform surface
  • Durable
  • Suits high traffic areas (hallways)

Multi-level loop pile

  • Varying lengths of loops
  • Textured surface
  • Durable 
  • Distinct shapes and patterns
  • Hides dirt


  • Short loops
  • Rugged surface
  • Flecked appearance
  • Durable
  • Hides dirt and marks
  • Suits high-traffic areas

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining cutting and looping methods creates interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet adds a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile

  • Lineal patterns
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Stylish
  • Hides dirt and footprints
  • Suits kids’ bedrooms or playrooms

Textured cut and loop pile

  • Uneven surface
  • Artistic patterns
  • Illusion of depth
  • Hides marks and dirt


Still need more help with choosing? Our friendly flooring experts at Andersens will be happy to help. Visit a showroom near you.


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