All about carpet textures

Carpet flooring adds luxury, warmth, and elegance to any home and has countless functional properties. This makes it a trendy floor covering and, while we all want to step on something warm, soft, and comfortable, some textures will perform better in specific installations than others.

Before going into the carpet store, consider these factors:

1. Budget. Buy the best your wallet will allow.

2. Explore your lifestyle and look at the room in which it’s to be installed.

3. What is the overall style of your home? Whatever you choose should harmonize with your overall decor.

A rundown on textures

All rugs start as a straight looped construction, and they either stay that way or are then cut into fibers of varying lengths. These are called piles, and they affect textures type. They are:

1. Level loop: These are entirely uncut loop piles, giving this rug a tight, less soft texture. Since it doesn't show vacuum marks or footprints, it is a good choice for high-traffic floors.

2. Berber: This is a level loop with a thicker yarn, coming in a neutral shade with flecks of brown or gray. It's durable, budget-friendly, and ideal for heavily trafficked rooms, not to mention the color variations make it a good camouflage for dirt and stains.

3. Cut pile: Durable and ideal for any level of foot traffic, this rug features short, evenly cut fibers, resulting in a soft texture that can still hold its shape well.

4. Saxony: This is a cut pile with longer fibers. It comes in two versions: Saxony Straight (referred to as Saxony Velvet) has densely packed and twisted fibers, giving it a soft, luxurious, velvety,more formal texture. Another version, called Saxony Texture (or "Trackless''), works for both traditional and casual.

5. Frieze: This durable rug has longer fibers so tightly twisted they curl and move in all directions, giving it a more casual look. It's an excellent choice for a high-traffic area like the family room.

Our design consultants will help you find the right carpeting for your needs and style. To learn more, and get a free quote, come into the Beseda Flooring showroom in St. Charles, MO. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around St. Louis, Chesterfield, and Wentzville.