CARPETING & BERBER
From sumptuous pastel plush to rugged berber tweeds, carpet is a universally popular floor covering, Broadloom has long been synonymous with comfort and luxury, but in today's eclectic room schemes, carpeting is just one of numerous soft options for a high-fashion floor.
Whether you choose a room-size loose-laid or wall to wall permanently installed over a cushion, this soft floor covering, offers many practical advantages. Broadloom's sweep of color and underfoot comfort gives any room-even sparely set ones-a more "furnished" feeling. Colors can work magic, too. For example, a light hue visually expands a small space, and a dark one cozies up a large room. Carpet in a sunny color can visually warm a room short on natural light. Before you buy carpets, study samples at home, and remember that the color of a room-size carpet will be more intense than the samples.
Advantages of Carpeting
Materials and construction give carpeting inherent virtues that may suit your decorating needs.
• Broadloom absorbs sound, an appealing feature for condominiums, town houses, and homes with high ceilings.
• Yarn construction and surface texture add soft contrast to a room's angular architecture.
• As versatile camouflage, broadloom goes over any existing floor, with no need for a new subfloor, and it hides uneven surfaces and existing floor damage.
• Today, carpet is available with soil, stain, odor, and static-resistant features, and manufacturing techniques have increased its durability and cleanability.
Although some carpets are made of blends of different fibers, most carpets are made entirely of one of the following four fiber types:
||Nylon - Durable and versatile, nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber. Most nylon styles today receive a stain-resist treatment for protection against household spills and stains
||Polypropylene (olefin) - The use of polypropylene in carpet has grown dramatically over the past ten years. Polypropylene will not absorb water and is extremely resistant to stains, fading, and moisture.
||Polyester - Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and it is also naturally stain and fade resistant.
||Wool - The preeminent natural fiber, wool is luxurious and much more expensive than synthetic fibers. Wool offers moderate soil and stain resistance.
Today’s carpeting offers much more than a conventional loop pile. To add to a room’s sophistication and interest, consider choosing a textured pattern. The texture, colors, and pattern of the carpet can be made to complement or contrast with patterns of your furniture and window treatments. Using a solid color, textured carpet is a great way to provide interest and pizzazz, without going to a multicolor, overall pattern.
Textured styles also fit well with today’s active and casual lifestyles. Textured carpet can be created through the use of several construction techniques. Many of these styles are known for their soil-hiding ability.
Cut pile carpet: Loops are cut, leaving individual yarn tufts. Still one of today's most popular constructions, its durability is achieved with factors including the type of fiber, density of tufts, and the amount of twist in the yarn.
Plush:This cut pile carpet is made from straight, untwisted yarn. The cut ends blend together to form a smooth, level surface. This luxurious carpet is suited for formal settings, because it shows all footprints and vacuum marks.
Frieze: This cut pile carpet is suitable for high traffic areas. The highly twisted yarn tufts curl at the carpet surface, hiding footprints.
Saxony: This dense, cut pile carpet is made with the yarn tufts packed closely together to form a smooth surface. This is a more versatile carpet, and is used in less formal settings. Saxony carpets will show footprints.
Textured: A cut pile carpet made with twisted yarn tufts, creating a surface that masks footprints.
Loop pile: Loops are the same height, creating an informal look. It generally lasts a long time in high-traffic areas. Many of today’s popular Berber styles are level loop styles with flecks of a darker color on a lighter background.
Cut and loop pile: Combination of cut and looped yarns. Provides variety of surface textures, including sculptured effects of squares, chevrons, swirls, etc.