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5 Different Types of Carpet Fiber

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Carpet is more than just a textile floor covering that is comfortable to walk on. Carpet is made by looping the fiber yarns through the backing material. Choosing the right material and color for carpet for your budget and your space can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Not all carpets perform the same. The technology and material behind different types of carpet make a difference. 

Nylon Carpet

While there are many different types of carpet fibers used, the most versatile and resilient carpet fiber is nylon. Nylon is a homeowner’s most popular choice because of its durability, which makes it great for high-traffic areas. It also has good stain resistant treatment and is available in a wide variety of colors and shades. Because of its versatility, it is used in a variety of styles and carpet constructions. 

It’s important to note that not all nylons are created equal. Buying nylon carpet does not guarantee great stain resistance and durability. This depends on the treatments used on the carpet. It’s also typically a little more costly than other carpet options.  

SmartStrand Carpet

Smartstrand carpet from Mohawk is an exclusive fiber called Triexta.  It offers a unique feature called NanoLoc, advanced nanotechnology that completely encapsulates the carpet fiber to create a superior spill and soil barrier that will never wash or wear off. Because of this technology, it has better stain resistance than nylon.  It is softer than nylon and more durable than polyester. With the latest technology, it also offers a softer fiber with better colors and styles. 

Mohawk’s All Pet Protection & Warranty covers all pets, all accidents, all of the time.  Additionally, SmartStrand boasts a lifetime stain and soil warranty, as well as 25 years for abrasive wear, texture retention, and fade resistance.

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Wool Carpet

Wool carpet is the only naturally authentic sustainable fiber.   Known for its beauty, durability, warmth and comfort, it is also fire resistant and biodegradable. It is a super strong and natural carpet material that will last notably longer than synthetic material, but it comes with a higher price tag. 

Wool carpet is resistant to stains when properly treated. It naturally repels stains and hides soil stains, although treated nylon and SmartStrand carpet can resist liquid stains better.   

Polyester Carpet

Polyester (PET or polyethylene terephthalate) carpet contains content made from recycled plastics such as water bottles.  It is known for its luxurious look, feel and great selection of bright, bold colors and styles. This incredibly soft carpet features polyester fibers which make this type ideal for lower traffic areas like bedrooms. Polyester is less expensive than nylon or wool, making it popular for rentals and short-term needs. The material is inherently resistant to many stains, luxurious, resistant to abrasion and easy to clean.

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Olefin Carpet

Olefin is a generic name for polypropylene, a synthetic fiber. It’s usually used for outdoor rugs or areas where moisture/mold are a possible issue.  It is one of the most inexpensive carpet fibers. It’s not as durable as nylon and is typically better used in low-traffic areas to protect it against matting and wear. 

How Carpet Weaver’s Can Help  

It’s important to be prepared with the right questions to ask to find the right solution for the right carpet in your space. By answering these questions, we can help you determine what grade and style of carpet would work best for your home. 

  • How is the room going to be used?
  • Is there light or heavy room traffic in the room?
  • Is the room the center of activity for family or entertaining?
  • Is there direct access from outside? 

Also, if you have samples or images of the fabric from your drapes and furniture, wallpaper or paint color, it’s helpful to bring those in to determine what color you may choose. This will help us provide a range of colors to match the existing or desired decor. Also, color can affect your mood. Warmer colors make you feel energized while cooler tones provide a sense of calm.

When choosing the perfect carpet for you, our experts can help you match the perfect carpet or flooring for you, your lifestyle and your budget. 

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Are you ready to explore carpet options? Let our experts at Carpet Weaver’s help determine what’s best for you.

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