12 types of carpet
The carpet market is a huge market, with many types to choose from. Here are 12 different types of rugs and what they’ll do for you and your home.
Woven carpet is produced on a loom which is very similar to woven cloth, being cut in the pile. Numerous different colored threads are used and the entire process is capable of producing highly intricate patterns from predetermined designs. Woven carpet is generally the highest quality carpet available.
This type of rug is produced on a tufting machine using a yarn of a single color or sometimes no colour. If no color is used, the rug will be dyed or printed with a design as a separate process. Tufted rugs can be cut pile, loop pile, or a combination of both. Machines can produce many more yards of carpet than weave and are generally at the lower end of the market.
The felt type of mat is a bit more technologically advanced. They are produced by electrostatic attraction of individual fibers that form a unique carpet with extremely high durability. You can usually find needle felted rugs on the contract market, such as in hotels or other places where there will always be a lot of traffic.
The flat weave rug is created by intertwining warp and weft yarns. Types of flat weave oriental rugs include soumak, plain weave, and tapestry weave. This type is not well known in the North American region, although it is very popular in the Orient and Japan.
This is a simple construction of a rug made by hand by pulling strips of fabric such as wool or cotton through the meshes of a very strong fabric. Now this type of rug is generally known as a handicraft.
With tufted pile rugs, the threads of the structural weft will alternate with a supplementary weft that will rise from the surface of the weave at a perpendicular angle.
Cut and Loop Stacks
Cut and loop pile combines cut and loop fibers. They provide a variety of surface textures for medium durability. Cut and roll rugs are available in solid or different colors. The different layers of this rug can hide dirt and footprints in formal and informal areas.
Saxony consists of strongly crooked cut piles that are straightened by heat. Consisting of two or more fibers that have been twisted together into a yarn, they provide a very smooth texture for both casual and formal areas. They will show any and all fingerprints and even marks from vacuum cleaners.
The textured rug is a bestseller and works well in informal areas due to its very soft feel. They are heavily twisted and textured ear cups for medium durability. They also offer a multi-color look that will hide fingerprints and footprints.
Both the plush and the velvet are slightly twisted and offer a uniform color. They are very smooth and offer more level than textures. This type of rug is ideal for formal areas due to its luxurious appearance.
Frieze is a type of tightly twisted cut pile rug that is suitable for high traffic areas. It has short fibers that will tend to wind in different directions on the surface to hide fingerprints and vacuum marks.
level loop stack
The level loop pile is constructed by weaving even loops of yarn into the backing of the rug at both ends. This type of rug is durable and resistant to fingerprints, due to the strong loops. Higher loops in the rug will create a more luxurious look. They are also great because they will prevent dirt from seeping into your carpet.