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Carpet Buying Guide: What to expect

When you buy a carpet for your home or office, you can expect the carpets to be divided in two broad categories; those made with natural wool and the others being man-made carpets.

Man Made Carpets

Synthetic carpets are made using man-made or artificially created fibres in the lab such as polypropylene which is also known as olefin. These synthetic fibres have some difference in texture and colour, but it can be difficult to spot the same by an untrained eye. These fibres are then woven using machines and made into finished carpets. Amongst the various man-made carpets, those made from nylon or its derivatives are the most durable.

There have been some innovations in synthetic fibres recently with the introduction of carpets like the i-Sense range made from polyamide or nylon. These carpets may come with a guarantee of as long as 20 years and are beautiful, soft and luxurious. In spite of being super soft, the i-Sense range of carpets retain their feel and appearance much better than those made by polypropylene fibres. These carpets have a wonderfully rich and elegant texture and feel with an opulent body which is created using the latest generation of olefin dyed yarns. These yarns come in stunning colours and also have good durability and stain resistance.

Many styles, updated colours and that soft luxurious feel mean that your flooring doesn’t have to be boring. With much better dyeing techniques, the colour pallets available will suit any home decor as well as compliment your style. Stripes, loops, flecks and twists we have them all here.

We at Carpet it have been serving the public for over 30 years and seen many changes in the styles, colours and makeup of carpets.

You will find that we cater for all tastes and budgets. From those starting out in their first flat or house to those that live in palatial mansions.

What are the differences in carpets available?

CUT PILE CARPET

  • A soft velvet and even upright finish with a formal look
  • The pile is short and slightly twisted
  • Can display tracking from footprints and vacuuming
  • Sometimes called velvet or velour carpet

CUTPILE TWIST

  • A luxurious feel and a smooth textured finish.
  • The pile is highly twisted and lies in different directions
  • Hardwearing and maintain their finish, so ideal for high foot trafficked areas
  • Textured finish is less likely to show shading or tracking

LEVEL LOOP PILE

  • A distinct textured loop finish created by a simple loop.
  • Well suited to heavy trafficked areas
  • Do not show footprints

STRUCTURED LOOP

A textured finish made using loops of various heights.

This style is a structured Loop pile

  • Can be used in a random or sequenced design to create textures or patterns
  • Extremely durable

SAXONY

A stylish finish with a soft, smooth feel and a range of distinctive patterns created by a combination of level loop and cut pile fibres.

  • A combination of different coloured fibres to create a heathered effect.
  • Wide range of lineal patterns
  • Patterns can create the illusion of space in a room

Wool Carpets

Wool carpets are woven and made with natural fibres while synthetic or man-made carpet, generally are made of polypropylene or nylon. Quality wool carpets are more durable and can last for as long as 25 years or more while synthetic carpets can be expected to have a life of 3 to 25 years depending on the material and quality used.

Wool carpets are fire resistant and naturally stain resistant and many specific brands incorporate moth resistance in the manufacture process. 80% wool and 20% man- made is generally the most durable and would be advised for heavy traffic areas at a weight of 40oz or above

Most carpets, wool or man-made come in various weights, 30oz, 40oz and 60oz

Wool carpets generally look and feel much more luxurious than man-made carpets. Carpet with a nylon base can be equally durable and soft but over time with normal wear and tear can flatten and matt together, looking worn out long before the carpet is at the end of its life. A lot of time and effort goes in creating a single piece of wool carpet and as a result can be very expensive but last a lot longer in comparison to an equal weight polypropylene cut.

For a traditionalist, wool carpet is the only way to go. Some homes will most definitely benefit from the natural textures of a wool range and it’s up to you to decide. Wool carpets are an investment, fitted correctly these will last a long time, be easy to keep clean and look good for longer than most man-made carpets. Wool carpets (80%/20%) start at £13m2 and up

10 reasons to buy a Wool Carpet

1. Premium Luxury

Wool carpets have a natural, soft and luxurious feel. The long-lasting beauty and superior characteristics of wool carpet will enhance your home for years to come.

2. Natural

Wool shorn from sheep is completely natural. It is composed entirely of amino acids, the building blocks of life. In soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, sulfur, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients.

3. Naturally Stain and Soil Resistant

Wool carpets clean better, making stain protection unnecessary. The wool fibres structure consists of overlapping scales, arranged much like roof shingles. These scales inhibit dirt from adhering to the fibre and help fleck it away. Wool has significantly better soil release than any other fibre.

4. Naturally Crush-Resistant

The wool fibre is naturally curly, and it has more crush resistance than any other fibre. Wool carpet fibres recover from crushing better than any other carpet fibres.

5. Insulator

Wool carpet's natural properties help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.

6. Sustainable

Environmentally sound, wool is produced from a totally renewable resource – grass – that is shorn from Sheep every 9 – 12 months.

7. Natural Flame Retardant

Wool carpets are naturally flame retardant because of its high protein content. If ignited, wool only burns weakly, limiting the spread of the flame.

8. Improves Air Quality

Wool carpet naturally improves the indoor air quality of your home. It stabilizes relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity. If well maintained, it absorbs and neutralizes airborne particles and fumes.

9. Proven

Wool has been used in carpet for centuries. Its unique natural properties have seen it stand the test of time as the premier flooring fibre.

10. Wool, mixed with a synthetic fibre.

Wool blends are usually 80% wool and 20% synthetic fibre but also come in a variety of other ratios.

Wool can be mixed with a variety of different fibres to create different attributes.

Offer the natural appearance, resilience and luxurious feel of wool in combination with the cost effectiveness found in synthetic fibres.