22 February 2022
Which type of carpets should I consider?
A popular choice for bedrooms, living rooms and stairs, there are so many different styles and designs, choosing the right one can seem over whelming. Here is our guide on the different types of carpet available and how to make the right choice for your home.
What is a carpet made from?
Carpets can be made up from a variety of different yarns. From man made fibres, wool and even a mixture of both. It’s important to understand the difference, as your carpet needs to not only enhance the overall look of your room but it also needs to be practical and fit in with your everyday needs.
The main benefit of man made/ synthetic carpets, is they can offer excellent stain resistance and are in some cases are even bleach cleanable. With a stunning range of contemporary colours and some great value options they are ideal for anywhere in the home. However, it’s important to consider the pile length of the carpet. The longer the pile the plusher the carpet. Whilst they can feel amazing under foot, some varieties of man made carpets, such as Polypropylene are more likely to show signs of flattening in areas of high traffic. This can apply to cut and loop pile. We would therefore recommend a shorter pile for stairs and landing or anywhere that receives high levels of foot fall.
There are some man made carpets, such as Nylon, which have excellent durability and the ability to bounce back, as apposed to flattening over time. This carpet tends to be incredibly soft and shady (see https://beyondflooring.co.uk/news/why-is-my-carpet-changing-colour/) which can be a perfect option for ultimate luxury in your living room or bedroom.
At Beyond we love wool carpets, wool has a natural warmth and resilience. It also helps moderate the humidity in the home. Wool is the real deal and is therefore slightly more expensive than man made carpets. Unlike man made fibres, wool requires a specific wool cleaner, to help maintain it’s appearance over time.
Referred to often as 80/20, (80% wool and 20% synthetic fibres.) A wool mix carpet has a superior appearance retention meaning although it might cost a little more it is likely to look good for longer. A great choice, if are wanting to avoid a shady carpet.
Styles of carpet
The yarn of the carpet is uncut and forms a loop. It is therefore less likely to move, making it the perfect choice for high traffic areas. This style of carpet has a textured appearance and comes in many different patterns.
The yarn of the carpet is cut. This style of carpet can be cut to different lengths, which can create soft and deep pile carpets or firm and textured.
Whether you are wanting to add warmth and texture to your home, or you want to create a statement rug or runner, there are plenty of options to choose from.