Carpet Style Guide

Choosing Your Carpet StyleDifferent styles of carpet can blend to give your home a range of distinctive looks. A carpet's style can also affect its performance. But like color, style is a matter of personal preference. The following is a description of the most common styles to give you an idea of what you'll be able to choose from when you begin shopping.

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Cut Pile Construction Diagram

Cut Pile

The most popular style of carpet, a cut pile carpet is created when the loops of a loop pile carpet are cut off, thus leaving thousands of individual strands of carpet standing on their own. The cutting can be done in a number of ways to create a number of different styles. Some of the most common cut piles are described below:


Cut and Loop Construction Diagram

Cut and Loop

As its name suggests, a cut and loop carpet is made up of a combination of looped yarn and cut yarn. The pattern created by this process can vary from carpet to carpet. But no matter how it's done, a cut and loop carpet always delivers a distinctive, sculptured effect. Which make them ideal for the more distinctive areas of your home.


Friezes Construction Diagram

Friezes

The individual yarns in a frieze are twisted even more tightly than those in saxonies, giving them a distinctive pebbled look. They are also the most rugged of the cut piles which make them perfect for high traffic areas.


Saxonies Construction Diagram

Saxonies

Also known as plushes, saxonies are a little more durable than velvets. Each yarn in a Saxony is twisted together tightly, making them more resistant to crushing and matting but still very soft and pleasing to the touch. Because of their nice feel and durability, saxonies are the most popular carpet choice and can be used in many different areas of your home.


Velvets Construction Diagram

Velvets

Velvets are the densest, most luxurious cut pile carpets. Each yarn in a velvet has very little twist to it to create the appearance of an uninterrupted sweep of color. Because of that, they feel very soft and elegant and are perfect for the more formal areas of your home.


Level Loops Construction Diagram

Level Loops

Like berbers, level loop carpets are made by attaching both ends of a piece of yarn to the carpet's backing, thus forming a loop. This process is repeated thousands of times until a field of equally high, equally wide loops is formed. Once complete, a level loop carpet is ideal for high traffic areas because it's nubby, looped construction makes it very durable.


Multi-level Loops Construction Diagram

Multi-level Loops

Also known as sculptured or carved carpeting, a multi-level loop carpet is made much the same way a level loop carpet is. And, like a level loop carpet, it's also noted for its durability. The difference is that the heights of the loops in a multi-level loop carpet vary from loop to loop, creating a rippled, randomly patterned effect.


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