When you are thinking of choosing and investing in a carpet you want something that will stay looking as good as new for as long as possible

Undoutedly the carpet colour best seller at the moment is 50 shades of grey.  The beauty of grey is that it is very calming and goes with a vast palette – so you can mix and match it with everything.  Grey is also the hottest trend in interior design.

How do you know which carpet is best for you? Leon does and can advise you on what works best in your home.

WHERE TO LAY YOUR CARPET IS KEY

What sort of footfall will your carpet endure – a stampede of elephants or a pussy cat?  This narrows down your options.

You can afford to treat yourself to a bit of luxury in the bedroom, where a softer pile will withstand slippers and bare feet.  However, in areas where traffic is high, you are better having a carpet which is a bit dense, tight and low-pile.

The durability of a carpet;  its thickness, resilience, material and weight of the pile are all things to consider.  If you press your thumb firmly in the pile, the more quickly it springs back and recovers, the denser and more resilient it is.  Again, Leon can advise you on what is right for you.

When looking at the colours, you need to take the samples and place them in your room, colours can take on a different shade when they are in different light.

Carpet types

Wool – mostly used for high-quality carpets.  Expect to pay more for natural materials, but you will get a great looking floor made from sustainable fibre.  It will be resilient and highly durable and will retain its appearance remarkably well.  If you are looking for insulation it’s great for reducing heat loss and noise.  Wool also feels beautiful and soft underfoot – you really can’t go wrong!

Wool-mix – This is a mix of 80% wool, 20% man-made fibres (such as polyamide or polyester).  This is the best combination for an all-purpose carpet.

Polypropylene – Man-made carpet fibre is a popular choice.  It is both  hardwearing and resistant to stains. It can be cleaned using a part-bleached cleaning solution  always check with the manufacturer first). However, Polypropylene is flammable and not self-extinguishing.

Polyamide (also known as nylon) – Available in a wider range of hues and vibrant clear colours that can’t be reproduced in wool.  It is a great  option for family homes.  Good quality polyamide or nylon carpets come with built-in stain-resistant treatments and score highly in the wearability stakes.

Polyester – Used for textured or shag carpets.  Polyester is most like wool in appearance and feel and is remarkably soft, durable and stain resistant. It is usually a blend, rather than on its own.

Pile types

Woven and Tufted

These are the most common carpets:

Woven carpets: such as Axminsters and Wiltons, are made using traditional loomed methods and are labour intensive. Woven carpets will give you a premium finish, but these widely regarded as the top-end choice of carpets.  They also come at a premium price.

Tufted Carpets:  the most popular carpet today.  It is made by a row of needles punching the pile yarn into a base material.  Tufted carpet is easier to manufacture and can be made using all types of yarns with a variety of finishes. Tufted carpet can be looped or cut (or both).

Woven

Axminster – Made in a similar way to an oriental rug, with fibres woven in and out through the surface backing on an Axminster machine. Axminster carpets are known for their rather grand, intricately patterned designs, quality and durability.  They are expensive. Until recently, most Axminsters came in a velvet finish, but now manufacturers are using twisted yarn as well, to reduce shading.

Wilton – Another luxury, quality carpet.  The name is derived from the type of loom used, which weaves the yarn in a continuous strand. Available in a wide range of patterns, Wilton carpets have a smooth, velvety, woven surface.

Tufted

Twist – There are hardwearing carpets with yarn which has been twisted tightly together.  This creates a one-way pile direction. Twist carpets are the most popular type of carpet currently being produced and come in plain colour or in a combination of complimentary shades.  The ‘heather’ look, which helps hide a build-up of dust or animal hairs. It’s also a good choice for places where tread always wears, such as hallways and stairs.

Berber or looped pile – Originally named after carpets made by the Berber tribe in Africa, a Berber or looped pile carpet is made from uncut continuous loops on the surface and has a distinctive knot appearance. Carpet can be looped, with a low-profile pile construction, which is known for maintaining its appearance, or have loops of different heights to form a textured pile. For a room with a lot of traffic,  choose a Berber with smaller or tighter loops, which easily bounce back and decrease the chance of loops crushing and matting with wear and tear.  A good all-rounder, but not a great choice if you have pets, particularly cats, as they may pull up the loops with their claws.

Flatweave – A good choice for stair runners, flatweave is created by interlocking warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads. Although it’s looped, it gives the impression of being completely flat and feels firm underfoot.

Saxony – A deep-pile carpet that is popular for bedrooms, it has a cut pile with long tufts giving it a gentle, soft feeling underfoot and a luxurious look. Its long pile makes it easy to flatten, however, so wardrobe and cupboard feet marks won’t necessarily spring back easily.

Shag – An opulent, luxurious deep shagpile. It has extra long tufts to give it its super shaggy look. Not ideal for areas with high-traffic, but a fantastic choice for a warm, soft and gentle way to wake-up when you first step out of bed in the morning!

Velvet – A short, dense pile and a good choice for a luxurious floor covering in a bedroom, velvet pile has a smooth, cut pile finish and is usually available in solid colours.

If you need any floors replacing – we can give you advice on the best solutions.  Get in touch with LK Flooring today for a free quote. We’ve been providing high quality flooring solutions to homes and businesses around Cheltenham and Gloucester for many years.

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