Choosing a carpet can be a daunting task. You have a multitude of colours, patterns, fibres and textures. Below are a few things to look out for when choosing your new capets.
When choosing a hard wearing carpet, make sure it is made using a 2 ply yarn and at least a 10th gauge construction.
Weaving pile yarn and backing together is the traditional way to manufacture carpets. Woven carpets keep their appearance for longer and are very hard wearing but are costlier than tufted carpets. There are two types of woven carpets: Axminster and Wilton.
Most carpets sold today are tufted. They gained advantage on woven carpets due to the fact that they are quicker and cheaper to make. They are made by inserting pile yarn into a polypropylene backing fabric and then adding an extra protective layer of jute or polypropylene backing.
Wool is the most widely used fibre and is recognised as being the best because it is soft, springy, naturally easy to clean, will retain its texture and appearance for many years. Wool is naturally flame resistant.
To make sure that you are buying a carpet made with quality wool , always choose a carpet with a Woolmark guarantee.
Man Made fibres
Man made fibres have grown in popularity in recent years, mainly due to the rising price of wool.
Some of the most popular man made carpet fibres are nylon, polypropylene and polyester.
Still undecided? Visit our showroom or contact one of our carpet specialists for some free, impartial advice.