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Different Types of Carpet

Exploring the fascinating world of carpets reveals a plethora of options to consider. Among these choices, five primary types of traditional cut pile carpets stand out: loop carpet, pattern carpet, frieze carpet, plush carpet, and texture carpet. Each of these types of carpet, whether it's low pile carpet, medium pile carpet, or high pile carpet, is crafted with its own unique construction, significantly influencing its appearance and durability.



This guide is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of each traditional cut pile carpet and its style, empowering you to confidently select your perfect match out of all of the carpet options for your living space.


Understanding the Types of Carpeting

Loop Carpet

Bedroom with a neutral color scheme and loop pile carpet


Loop carpet is a popular carpet fiber that consists of yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. This is often seen in Saxony carpet, Berber carpet, and nylon cut pile fibers. The carpet pile height can vary from a low, tightly constructed pile to a more luxurious, high-level pile. Loop pile carpets have strength and inherent soil-hiding capabilities. This carpet style has shadings that resist marks from high-traffic areas while making deep and vibrant colors appear rich. This carpet type is ideal for heavy-traffic areas.


illustration of loop carpet


Pattern Carpet

Bedroom with a neutral color scheme and pattern carpet


A combination of high-cut tufts and lower loops creates a variety of sculpted patterns. Patterned carpets are often tough and durable, offering good performance in high traffic areas that see a lot of activity. Patterned carpets also add a dimension of texture within a room and hide traffic patterns.

illustration of cut and loop patterned carpet


Frieze Carpet

Bedroom with a modern design and frieze cut pile carpeting


Friezes are often called 'Twists' and include Shag carpet and Cable carpet fibers; which are extreme versions of a Frieze. Highly twisted yarns give frieze carpets a contemporary look and make them a smart choice for any active part of your home. Best of all, they're less likely to show vacuum marks or footprints in high-traffic areas than other cut pile styles.

illustration of frieze, shag carpet


Plush Carpet

Carpet in bedroom


Plush carpet is sometimes called velvet because of the velvet or velour appearance usually obtained by using high-density construction. This type of carpet provides a more formal appearance than other cut pile constructions. This kind of carpet has a dense, deep pile. They are subject to revealing vacuum cleaner sweeper marks and footprints from high-traffic areas due to light reflection. Delustred (non-shiny) yarns may reduce this shade variation.

illustration of plush carpet where all fibers are equal and level


Texture Carpet

textured cut pile carpet


Textured cut piles also may be called “trackless” or “foot-print free”. These names describe the tendency of this construction to show fewer footprints and sweeper marks than other cut pile constructions. These constructions are obtained by a kinked or curled yarn. This curling of the carpet fiber reduces light reflectance, thus reducing the appearance of footprints in high-traffic areas.

living room with textured carpet


example of textured carpet


carpeted living room



After learning about different types of carpets, you're now well-equipped to make an informed decision when considering wall-to-wall carpeting. Whether you're thinking about the robustness of loop carpets, the intricate charm of patterned designs, the contemporary appeal of frieze styles, or the sophisticated elegance of plush options, each type of floor covering has its own unique attributes that make it a quality carpet choice for living rooms, bedrooms, or any other space in your home.


Now, you are well-informed on the different types of carpet to select a durable carpet that harmonizes with your design sensibilities and practical requirements. Get ready to elevate your living space with a new carpet that adds a refined touch of comfort and style!


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