The main appeal of carpet as a flooring material is its ability to provide a cushiony, warm surface underfoot. Two characteristics of carpet that are primary considerations when choosing a product are: the type of natural or synthetic fiber used in the construction and the pile in how the loops of fiber are attached to the carpet backing.
These characteristics determine the comfort of the carpet, how it feels underfoot, and its wear characteristics.
There are many types of fiber used in carpet, but the most common are nylon, polyester, polypropylene and wool.
Here are the common carpet fibers and pile options to consider:
This synthetic is a great choice if you are on a budget. This feels soft to touch and is stain resistant
Very popular due to the fact it feels like wool yet very stain resistant. Sometimes made from recycled plastic bottle to make it eco friendly
The most durable synthetic fibre, stain resistant and also keeps its shape if stretched. Suitable for areas where furniture is moved around a lot
Wool is a natural fiber, very durable, and provides great heat and sound insulation. The wool colour on however can fade over time.