Carpet flooring “pile,” what to know

Carpet flooring “pile,” what to know

The main appeal of carpeting is its warm, soft feeling underfoot. It's also elegant and comes with countless advantages.

Much of that has to do with carpet piles. That refers to how the rug yarns are attached to the backing.

Carpet anatomy 101

All rugs start their journey as a looped pile. Looped constructions, such as Berber and level loop styles, are highly durable. That makes them ideal for any heavily trafficked room.

They also tend to be a somewhat less absorbent floor covering. But, again, that's because of their tightly woven loops. Then they remain that way or are cut into piles of various heights.

Types of carpet pile:

1. Basic cut pile. Short, evenly cut fibers are suitable for any room.

2. Saxony. This is a medium pile. Comes in two versions, Saxony Straight (or Plush); and Saxony Texture (or Trackless).

3. Plush pile: Short, densely packed fibers, giving it a soft, cushiony feeling. Best for bedrooms and low traffic areas.

4. High pile. Long loose fibers like the shag. Best for bedrooms.

5. Frieze pile. Long-ish carpeting fibers (but not as long as the shag) twisted too tightly will curl. Suitable for family rooms.

6. Textured. This type of cut-pile is where the fibers are cut in uneven lengths.

They are also twisted, so they go in all directions. It's sometimes called "trackless" because it won't show footprints or marks.

7. Cut & loop: Various pile heights create patterns such as pin-dot, geometric, and sculpted marble looks.

When you come into our carpet store, you'll find looped constructions and various cut piles from Engineered Floors-DreamWeaver.

Finding the right flooring in Fort Wayne, IN

An educated consumer always finds the right carpet flooring, and Coleman's Flooring & Blinds wants you to understand the basics before starting the shopping process.

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. In addition, we work with homeowners and businesses in New Haven, Auburn, Huntertown, and Angola.