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Carpet Textures & Styles

Posted: 01 JUL 2002
There are several different carpet styles and textures. Each has its own distinct look and each, if used properly, can achieve beautiful results. We suggest that you get an overview by reading about some of the styles listed below, and by reviewing our Style Selection Chart, which will give you a little better idea of what the styles look like.
Saxony

The most common style of carpet is a Saxony. This is what most consider "normal carpet". It's the type of carpet that shows the vacuum lines after it's been vacuumed, and footprints when you walk on it. It will also begin to show wear and tear more quickly than some of the other styles listed here. After selling carpet for as many years as we have, we recommend this style of carpet in rooms that don't have a lot of traffic on a constant basis. If used in the correct areas, it provides a very stylish formal look.
Textured

Another style that has become extremely popular over the last few years is the Textured style. This style presents a more casual look. It is also been referred to as the "Trackless" or "No Foot Print" style, because it is twisted differently than a Saxony style. With this different twist, it gives a textured and in some cases, almost two-toned, appearance.

This style is also very good at hiding traffic. With its textured twist, it doesn't show vacuum lines or foot prints as much as a Saxony style. In our experience, it also tends to hold up much better and show less wear and tear than the Saxony style.
Berber

Looped carpet, more commonly referred to as Berber carpet, has also gained popularity over the years. This carpet style offers excellent durability, while lending its own distinct character to any room.

There are many variations in the Berber style. Some are level loop Berbers, where all of the loops are the same height. Another variation is the Multilevel Loop Berber, where the loops may be different sizes as well as different heights. There is a wide range of choices with Berbers - they come in a huge variety of patterns and colors, including Multicolored styles.

As a footnote, this style has developed a reputation for being very durable. We would like to point out, however, that just because it is considered a Berber carpet, this doesn't necessarily mean it's a good Berber carpet. Just like with a Saxony or a Textured style, there are different grades of Berber carpet. Ensure you are getting the right grade. They are not all alike.
Frieze

A Frieze style is another popular style. This style is something like the Textured style except that the texturing or twist is much heavier with the Frieze than it is with the Textured style. A good quality Frieze styled carpet can be one of the most durable styles you can buy. With its heavy texturing, it also exhibits some of the same characteristics as the Textured style, such as its ability to hide footprints and vacuum lines, as well as holding up extremely well under heavy traffic.
Cut and Loop

The Cut and Loop, or more commonly referred to as "Sculptured" style, is a timeless classic. While some of the carpets available in this style come in solid colors, many of them are multicolored. The sculptured, or almost carved look, gives the Cut and Loop style the ability to hide soil as well as wear and tear, particularly when combined with multicolor.

The Cut and Loop is one of the few styles that allows you to purchase an entry level quality and still expect it to hold up well. When you are working on a tight budget, but are looking for the longest appearance retention, this is your carpet style.
Summary

There are many variations of all of the above styles. Most variations are in texture, pattern, etc. You may want to consider some factors when selecting a carpet style. One factor is your room surroundings. For instance, if you have wallpaper, or a fabric on your furniture or window treatments that has a strong or definite pattern, you may want to stay away from carpet with a pattern. Too much pattern, or conflicting patterns, can cause a confusing or very busy look in a room. In this case, a solid color carpet would be better suited. You want your decorating to make sense, and to flow smoothly. If you room leans more toward solid colors, then a solid color would work. However, a patterned carpet may add some life to the room. It primarily comes down to your own personal tastes.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information on carpet styles, don't be. It all sounds harder than it actually is. If you want more suggestions or help, we will always answer the phone and talk to you.