Types of Carpet

Whether you are moving into your first home or you are thinking about changing your existing carpet in your home now, it is important to understand the different types of carpet available.

Not all carpets are created equal. They have different qualities and different advantages/disadvantages. Before purchasing carpet, look at where the installation will take place, who will be walking on the carpet, and how often it will be walked on. Because there are so many options, it is important to weigh each one with care.

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Cut pile is the most common type found in most homes. Made by cutting the regular loops of carpet fibers at the top, this carpet, gives the illusion of many yarn bundles piled on top of one another. People choose this texture because of its durability and resistance to looking crushed.

Cut and loop is another version of cut pile. This take on cut pile offers a bit more texture and durability. Available in solid and multi colors, this carpet is popular in areas of high traffic or areas with children.


When two carpet fibers are twisted together, you get Saxony’s carpet. Similar to the cut pile, they are cut off at the top, yet the combination of the two fibers creates a softer, more luxurious texture. It can be used in many different settings, but it should be known that it shows footprints and other marks very easily.

There are also textured Saxony’s that offer a softer version of the regular Saxony’s. The textured version offers various colored combinations that make it more durable. It also makes footprints and other marks less visible.


For formal areas, plush carpet is common. It offers a look of luxury along with a feeling of softness underneath your feet. The level feeling of this carpeting offers the look of sophistication, but care should be taken because it does show every mark or footprint.

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