Choosing the Right Carpet and Styles

The Right Carpet: A carpet is a textile floor covering.  It is available in a range of looks: natural, shag, and commercial.

Is Shag Carpet The Right Carpet?

Shag carpet is a well-known type of carpet that has a thick pile and short loops. Because of its luxurious appearance, we commonly associate it with hippies, rock and roll, and 1960s culture. Originating in the United States in the 1950’s it soon became popular in America’s clubs. Today it is made in the United States and around the world. In the 1960s a large amount of shag was used in the interior of boats, thus its name.

To achieve the look and feel of a shag carpet requires a thicker pile.  Therefore, stitching together many short pile loops creates shag.  In addition, methods such as tufting or knitting create shag.  A new method in carpet making is direct pile carpet.  It is the easiest to create entirely by weaving pile over pile without adding any pile or cut ends. It is a low-cost carpet, durable, stain-resistant, and easy to care for.

This carpet has a soft feel and it is easy to roll. However, it is prone to staining as its loops become stained. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any carpeting material which has light color tufts or a light color pile. In any case, if you are considering a low pile type of carpet, avoid any carpeting that has a large number of small tufts.

Shag carpet has a tendency to collect dirt easily and once a spillage occurs it is not easy to remove it.

Other Carpeting

Other carpeting is available in many different looks and styles. These styles include; plush, patterned, velour, velvet, silk, frieze, and needlefelt. With the exception of silk, all carpeting materials come in several pile sizes. To make a carpet in a longer pile size you compress the material and trim the pile edges. To make a carpet in a shorter pile size we twist the material and compact it.

When you purchase carpeting you will want to consider what type of installation you want. Will you put a door covering on the floor or the subfloor? This will help you decide on the carpet styles you want. In many cases, you can either buy the carpeting with installation or you can choose to install it yourself. If you are going to install it yourself, ask your carpet dealer for recommendations and advice on which tools you will need to get the job done.

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