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Understanding Carpet Pile Part 2

7 Carpet Piles You Should Consider

Written by Clint Thorpe

You’ve made the plunge and decided that those 40-year-old carpets need to be replaced, but with all the carpeting options available, where do you start?

Firstly, pick a fiber that suits your home environment based on traffic volumes, sensitivity to chemicals, allergy requirements and the likelihood of staining from pets and children. Once you have your fiber, you will want to pick a pile that fits your preferences.

Look at our guide below to help ensure you pick the best option for you.

1. Loop Pile

Loop pile leaves the entire yarn loop intact on the surface of the piece. These are highly durable carpets, easy to clean
and highly stain resistant making them perfect for high traffic commercial applications.

Did You Know?

Loop pile carpet is very durable and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. This makes it a good choice for hallways and stairs.

2. Cut Pile

Cut pile is a style of carpet where the exposed fibers are cut
off. This produces soft, inviting, easy to clean carpets. Different styles are often created by changing the angle of the cut. Cut pile comes in different lengths and thicknesses and are very popular when large portions of your come are
carpeted, as they blend so well from room to room.

On the downside, cut pile shows footmarks and vacuum
trails.

Did You Know?

Cut pile is the most popular of the carpet pile choices. It is considered to be softer under foot and to touch.

3. Saxony Pile

Saxony pile is a cut-pile with fibers that are very soft and dense. It is important to note that those lush strands of fiber
are easily crushed down by feet and vacuum cleaners, leaving impressions on its surface. It is also susceptible to wear and tear as well as staining making the Saxony pile ideal for low traffic areas.

Did You Know

The durability of the Saxony will depend on all of the variables
involved: the type of fiber, the twist of the fiber, the density,
etc. so it is important to select the right balance of all these
variables.

4. Plush Pile

Plush pile is a variation of the cut pile where the fibers are
even shorter than the Saxony cut and very densely packed. This creates a rich and luxurious carpet surface.
Unfortunately, this carpet style is temperamental, prone to
wearing down, scuffing and showing footprints. This carpet style is ideal for luxurious, low-traffic settings.

Did You Know?

Carpets come in varying fibers, colours and pile constructions,
but the most luxurious and sensual has to be plush carpet pile. Visually and physically appealing, plush carpet brings both elegance and cosiness to your home’s interior design.

5. Textured Pile

Textured pile refers to a form of cut-pile carpeting where
the fibers are of uneven length. They are twisted into spiral strands. The style is called ‘trackless’ as it doesn’t show
footprints or vacuum trails. Textured pile carpets are ideal
for mid-high-level traffic areas.

Did You Know?

The durability of the Saxony will depend on all of the variables
involved: the type of fiber, the twist of the fiber, the density,
etc. so it is important to select the right balance of all these
variables.

6. Frieze Pile

Frieze pile carpets have relatively long cut fibers that are
twisted together and kinked, causing them to curl erratically
across the surface of the carpet. This style is extremely durable and tends to hide stains and wear and is suitable for high traffic and commercial settings.

Did You Know?

Frieze carpet is an excellent choice for families, pet owners, and in spaces that experience high traffic volume.

7. Sculpted Pile

Sculpted pile has both looped and cut pile fibers, which
create height and texture variations in the surface of the
carpet. This style is often arranged in a geometric pattern
giving the carpet three-dimensional textures.

Did You Know?

Sculpted pile carpet are ideal for area rugs in a living space because of the pattern and colour options available. This provides nice textures and is visually appealing.

Your carpet represents a significant investment in your home. Not only does it add warmth and comfort, but it acts as an air filter to remove the dust particles from the air. Make sure you take care of your investment by investing in a vacuum cleaner that fits the needs of you and your home.