Carpet is an infrequent purchase and carpet knowledge is limited. So you are not bemused by the terminology you are confronted with in-store, here is a basic guide to the different ways carpet is manufactured, the styles available and the fibres that carpet is made out of.
Broadly speaking, there are two ways in which carpet is manufactured - woven or tufted. With woven carpet, the front and back are woven simultaneously. It is a labour intensive process, and slower than tufting, hence woven carpets are more expensive. They are, however, the better quality with better dimensional stability.
There are 2 types of Woven carpet - Axminster which are patterned and Wilton which tend to be plain but can be made with up to 5 colours. Axminster, Brintons and Ulster are particularly well known for their Woven carpets.
Most carpet sold in the UK is Tufted, a process whereby yarn is inserted into a ready made backing fabric. Tufted carpets can be plain or patterned.
There are a variety of surface texture options available, which affect the feel, appearance and performance of your carpet.
There are a wide range of fibres available and each fibre has its own characteristics. Carpet is made from natural and synthetic fibres, each with their own characteristics. Fibres are often blended together to produce yarns which give the best properties for a particular use. A fibre which is weak in one area is blended with one that is strong in another thereby giving a better performance than either would on its own.
Visit our store to see the newest fibres, Mowhawks Smartstrand, with its appearance retention guarantee, and amazing cleanability.
We hope you’ve found this guide useful and look forward to helping you choose your new carpet or flooring here at MEH Company.