Hot, stuffy drafts, isolating the worst of thread-like slabs and gaping planks, there’s a lot to be said about carpet, aside from its striking beauty.
Its installation requirements are a cinch compared to wood or tile projects, and it’s easy to lift to solve sub-floor problems.
The ultimate bragging floor after hardwood. Wool at € 50- € 80 per square meter offers dimensional stability (will not flatten with wear, regains its shape perfectly), no static electricity, is soft to the touch, hypoallergenic when not not treated against stains and very durable (sheep wear it clings to the sides of windswept mountains).
Wool is naturally flame retardant and, when burned, does not release the toxic fumes of a petrochemical. Wool has been proven to regulate humidity and airborne toxins, removing nanofibers and dust. It is generally an environmentally friendly choice.
Starting at under $ 12 per square meter, the worst of the cheap, purely synthetic choices are easily detected by a rolled-back gaze for that artificial sheen. Polyamide (nylon) and polypropylene from 20 to 60 € per square meter are used to make a wide range of cheaper, soft and tufted carpets. They can wear colors that are simply impossible with wool. Their stain resistance is legendary and on a budget or in a house teeming with sportsmen, this is your best defense. Polyester is used in combination with wool to reduce the cost and improve the durability of wool rugs.
To explore the density further, gently bend the sample and see if you can see the backing between the fibers. The closer the fibers are to each other, the more resistant your carpet will be to physical stress.
Twisted fibers perforated from behind, this is the most popular choice in mid-range household carpets. From cheap to glorious, they offer great value and are available in synthetics, natural and blends, with a market-leading 80:20 polyester wool blend. Relatively easy to vacuum and clean in high traffic areas, some synthetics can resist bleach. In a short heap they won’t show no steps like a richer and deeper Saxony
Think classic gnarled. Derived from the rugs of the Berber tribes, this rug has the knots facing upwards and can be textured or flat. It should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating in the fibers, sawing and cutting knots. Popular in a wool blend in small, tight curls – a tough competitor. If you have small dogs or cats, do yourself a favor and reject knotted carpets or rugs
Low, formal, and great for stairs and hallways, the flatwoven rug has that continuous yarn composition that is less likely to fall out, and in the right product, it can handle high traffic areas with elegant ease. Without depth, Grot simply won’t be trampled deep into its fibers. Make sure your low carpet does not slip over the nosing of the steps.
With the trend of the 70s, the shag rug remains an eccentric dandy. However, cut pile is gorgeous to the touch and a sultry product underfoot for bedrooms. Fight off the cheap synthetic velvets that will literally spark under your feet with static electricity. For a shamelessly deep bedroom coat, try Saxony in a good wool blend.
British carpet brand names used as generic descriptions of quality carpets. Wilton, 100% wool, are a continuous pile rugs preferred by four star hotels for their feel and durability, while Axminster offers cut loops. Traditionally woven rugs, still more expensive, but remarkably durable. Axminster is famous for its intricate pattern possibilities.
Ulster Carpets in Craigavon are among the most famous manufacturers of woven rugs in the world with solid colors, heather and intricate patterns. See
ulstercarpets.com for free samples and local suppliers. A free mailbag is provided for returning samples.
Obviously, we don’t want to fill the vacuum bag with shaking and raking the new carpet, but the quality and type of carpet will determine how much it sheds.
Any carpet with short cut tufts will give up some of its fibers.
Only you can decide what makes your toes shake in terms of tone, texture, and color, but here are a few things to keep in mind.