Carpet is the most versatile floor. There is a large choice in design, structure and colour. How to choose the best carpet when there are so many possibilities? Please find some information below that might help in choosing the right carpet for you.
Tufted carpets are made from different fibre types, both natural and synthetic. The fibre type largely determines the appearance, texture and performance of a carpet and it is therefore important to distinguish the different options.
- wool is a natural fibre from sheep and is both renewable and sustainable.
- the fibre structure is strong and hard-wearing and provides natural protection to help resist staining and soiling. It is also naturally flame retardant.
- wool carpets have a natural and soft luxurious feel.
- wool blends are a mixture between wool and a synthetic yarn, often polypropylene, in often a 50/50 or 80/20 mix.
- wool blends offer good value for money, combining the durability from polypropylene with the natural appearance and luxurious feel of wool.
- polyamide is a synthetic fibre with excellent performance characteristics.
- polyamide has a luxurious look and soft feel.
- polyamide has a reduced soil adherence and is heat and wear resistant, making polyamide carpets exceptionally hard-wearing and highly durable.
- compared to polyamide 6, polyamide 6.6 has a softer feel and even better performance characteristics.
- polypropylene is a relatively inexpensive synthetic fibre, offering value for money.
- polypropylene is stain, moisture and UV resistant. When polypropylene is solution dyed, it is also colour fast.
a cut pile is created by cutting the loops to create a straight pole.
a frieze is a cut pile with a lively appearance, by using a twisted yarn
a carpet of which the loops are not cut, is called a loop pile
Choosing the right colour can be difficult, as a colour changes the look and feel of a room. Carpet is available in many different colours. Polyamides come in a large array of colours, whereas wool carpets are often available in more neutral tones. Solution dyed polypropylene comes in a more limited colour palette. Here are some tips to help you choose the best colour carpet:
Neutrals such as beige and grey tones are colours that go well with any colour scheme and form a neutral basis for any interior.
Bright colours such as reds and blues lift a floor and make a statement. Such colours are great in offices or playrooms. A rug is a good alternative to brighten a room without it being too overpowering.
dark or light
Darker colours can make a room appear more intimate, whereas lighter colours on the floor make a room appear brighter and larger.
Darker, multi-coloured and patterned floors are especially effective at hiding soiling.