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The type of fiber and the way the carpet is constructed determines how well the carpet will stand up to spill, pets and family traffic.  The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform.

Types of Carpet:

Cut Pile: One of today’s most popular constructions.
- Textured Plush: Textured surface help hide footprints and vacuum marks. Adds causal beauty to any room.
- Saxony: Refined Surface. Works well with traditional interiors.
- Frieze: Yarns are extremely twisted. Helps minimize footprints and vacuum marks. Has an informal look.
- Plush (Velvet) Has a dense luxurious feel.  Shows footprints & vacuum marks. Best for low traffic areas and formal rooms.

Level loop Pile: Loops are the same height creating an informal look.  Lasts a long time in high-traffic areas.  Berber styles are loop styles with flecks of a darker color.  This is a good choice for contemporary to cottage styles.

Multi-level loop pile:  This style has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects.  This provides good durability and a more casual look.

Cut – Loop Pile: The carpet combines cut and loop yarns.  It provides a variety of surface textures.


Types of Fiber:

Nylon: Nylon fibers are wear resistant, resilient and provide brilliant color. Nylon fibers withstand the weight and movement of furniture and are generally good for all traffic areas. Nylon is also a great choice because it resists soils and stains.

Olefin (polypropylene): Olefin fibers are strong, resist wear and permanent stains and are easily cleaned. Olefin resists static electricity. It is often used in both indoor and outdoor installations because of its resistance to moisture and mildew.

Polyester: Polyester is noted for its luxurious soft hand when used in thick, cut-pile textures. It has good color clarity and retention, cleans easily and is inherently stain resistant.

Wool: Wool is a natural fiber that is noted for its luxury and performance. It is soft, has high bulk and is available in many colors and patterns. It is naturally stain resistant.


Fiber Pros & Cons:



Excellent dirt resistance

Excellent Stain resistance

East to Clean

Resists wear, crushing and matting

Dyes beautifully and retain color well

Great style and color versatility

Soft and luxurious texture

Excellent resilience




Natural Fiber

Natural warmth

Resilient (less likely to crush)

Extremely Durable

Hides dirt well

Naturally repels liquids and dirt

Fire resistant and will not melt

Provides acoustic benefits



Requires professional cleaning (can’t be steam cleaned)

Moderate stain resistance

Lack color clarity

Susceptible to moths

  Olefin (Polypropylene)


Moisture resistance


Resists stains

Easy to clean

Fade resistant


Poor resilience

Limited color range

Limited styling in cut pile

Less resistant to oily soil

May heat scar from friction

Oily feel





Soft and luxurious in texture

Good stain resistance

Good color fastness and color range


Poor dirt resistance

Less resilient

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