Carpets and rugs are tricky floor coverings because it is difficult to assess their quality just by looking at them. The average buyer faces a lot of confusion due to the variety in weaves, materials, textures and padding available. The differences are subtle and often not easy to recognize. However, the price variation is indicative of the differences in quality. You should be aware of the quality indicators to make an informed choice.
The weight of the carpet pile per square yard is its face weight. It is measured in ounces. The face weight is not the best indicator of quality despite the popular belief. A heavier face weight doesn’t necessarily mean better durability. The weight is influenced by several other factors which determine the quality.
This indicates how closely the fibre is tufted or stitched into the reverse of the carpet. The higher density value indicates more durability of the carpet. When you compare carpets with equivalent fabrics, sizes and other features, the difference in the density value will help you determine the better choice.
Carpets can consist of “continuous filaments” or “staples”. Staples or spun fibres have fibre fragments that are spun together to create the yarn. The yarn is made of natural and synthetic fibre. Wool is an example of a staple fibre. Due to the short fragments in spun fibre, they tend to have heavy initial shedding. A continuous filament is made of long yarn and does not shed as much. Polyester is an example of the continuous filament.
The fibre twist indicates the number of times the strands are twisted together within the one-inch length of the fibre. This is also called the carpet’s twist number and at times referred to as turns-per-inch. When the fibre twist number is higher, the carpet can withstand high traffic.
The fibre type is a very important factor to be considered. Every fibre has different characteristics and properties that work better in certain conditions. Consider the place where it will be installed, the traffic, and the purpose while choosing the fibre type. Synthetic fibre like nylon, olefin, and polyester is popular for their high durability and resistance to mildew and germs. Wool and sisal are natural fibres which are used less often but are beautiful choices and influence.
There are different textures like plush, Saxony, frieze, Berber, cut and loop, and multi-level loop for carpet styles. These textures have unique appearances and characteristics. Berber texture is very durable while frieze hides footprints well is and suitable for low traffic area. The cut and loop texture is suitable for high traffic areas as it hides dirt.
Manufacturer’s warranty is provided along with all carpet types. Thoroughly go through the warranty to get an idea of the carpet quality. Be aware of the warranty period along with the return and exchange policies of the seller.
Carpets beautify your home and feel comfortable to walk on. Remember the above-mentioned factors to get the best carpet within your budget. You can also explore our collection of carpets, rugs and flooring that meet the best quality standards.