Which carpet flooring is the right choice for you?

Carpet flooring comes in many types and can be made of many kinds of materials. Some of the different types are woven, needle felt, knotted, tufted, and flat weave. The most commonly used materials are nylon, wool and wool blends, polypropylene, and polyester. However, other natural plant textile materials such as coir, seagrass, and sisal carpets have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Before you begin choosing carpet, it’s worth defining what you want from a carpet. Remember, carpet comes in three forms. These are-

1)    Area Rugs;

2)    Rolls intended for the wall to wall installation, and;

3)    As adhesive-backed Carpet Tiles.

Woven carpets are like woven cloth in that both are made on looms. The pile of woven carpets in either plush or cut. Pile refers to the length of the styles of yarn loops used. Plush piles are made of cut or sheared loops of yarn. Carpet pile that is made of uncut loops is called a Berber carpet. Woven carpets are usually made of wool or wool blends. These are the costliest type of carpet due to a time-consuming manufacturing process. But where cost is not an issue and traffic volume is low, the luxury of wool carpet is hard to beat.

Where woven carpets have been made for centuries, needle felt carpets use a modern manufacturing technology. The production of needle felt carpeting takes advantage of the electrostatic attraction that exists between the fibers of certain synthetic materials. Needle felt carpets are thinner than woven ones. They are often found in high traffic areas such as office buildings and hotels on account of their durability. Needle felt is also used in carpet tiles. Knotted carpets are manufactured by alternating structural weft threads with a weft at right angles to the weave. The right-angle weft is said to be supplemental.

A shag carpet is a kind of knotted carpet. Examples of hand-knotted carpets are Oriental and Kashmir rugs and carpets. Tufted carpet the most common kind of household carpeting. The pile of a tufted carpet pierces the primary backing material. The primary backing is itself bonded to a secondary backing using a hessian weave or a synthetic alternative. Flatweave refers to carpet that uses interlocking warp and weft threads. Certain types of oriental carpets are flatweave. These include tapestry and plain weave as well as kilim.

The warmth of carpet is much preferred to the coolness of other floor covering materials where it is often walked on in bare feet. This explains its continued popularity for bedrooms. For rec rooms and other quarters contained in basements, the insulation carpeting provides makes all the difference between a basement room that is only used when necessary and one that is welcoming anytime.