6th October 2015

Carpet

These fluffy floor coverings have been providing comfort for years.

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Suitable for:

  • Hall
  • Stairs
  • Landings
  • Living areas
  • Dining rooms
  • Home office
  • Bedrooms

Heavier ounce carpets:

  • All of the above areas plus…
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Leisure centres
  • Retirement homes
  • Shops

Carpets have been around for hundreds of years and eventually the process of making carpets was transferred to machines allowing production on a larger scale, but the way they are made hasn’t changed much. What has changed is the design and style, however some of the early designs are still available today. Twist pile and loop pile remain the most preferred throughout as they are the most cost effective to produce. Carpets are made with either wool, man made materials or wool blend (a combination of both natural fibre and man made materials). Twist pile carpets are available in a variety of weights (the density of yarn and pile content per square inch), 32 and 42 ounce are most common and provide a satisfactory finish and can remain in good condition for around 6 or 7 years if well maintained.

Short pile, long pile, shaggy or velvet?

Short pile carpets offer good resistance to flattening, whilst long piles and shaggy piles can flatten sooner, creating traffic marks (areas that show the main walkways used i.e from the kitchen to the lounge and back again, then back again after that and so on), whereas heavier duty carpets such as 50 & 60 ounce carpets like Woven Axminster, velvet or plain twists offer a much longer life span that can be up to 25 years!

Loop pile carpets are made in and available in similar styles and weights, although the availability of commercial grade loop pile carpets is slim as they do not have such a long life span compared to a twist pile commercial carpet, what they do offer for the domestic user is a different texture and look.