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Your guide to types of carpet and styles

March 27th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Choosing the right carpet

When it comes to choosing carpet there are so many factors to consider. We decided to create this useful guide to give you a better understanding in order to make a more informed choice on your flooring decision

Carpet as stair runner
Some important things to consider when choosing carpet:

  • Its is important to note that carpets come in a huge variety of styles, patterns and colours to choose from. At WB Jamieson we have a selection large enough to accommodate any style or match any decor.

  • When choosing between carpet and laminate, the cushioned surface of carpet absorbs sound unlike laminate or vinyl surfaces which tend to create an echo.

  • Carpet provides warmth underfoot during the cooler months due to it's insulating properties.

  • Carpet is a non-slip material, and the cushioning effect of carpet goes some way to prevent breakages of delicate items when accidentally dropped.

  • Choosing a synthetic carpet may be an option for low maintenance as many synthetic carpets are treated with static, stain and soil resistant treatments.

Carpet on stair landing
Carpet Fibre Options:

To pick the right carpet for your home, it is important to consider their characteristics and how you live in each room.

Nylon Carpets:

Nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fibre of all types. It is commonly uses for areas of heavy traffic such as hallways and stairs.

Polyester Carpets:

Polyester is often chosen for is luxurious and high quality look and feel. It is available in a wide range of colours and styles and is good for areas with a normal amount of foot traffic.

Olefin Carpets:

Olefin is a good choice for stain and moisture resistance however, unlike nylon and polyester, it is not as durable. This fibre is best suited to loop pile construction or high, dense cut piles.

Wool Carpets:

The natural option. Wool looks great for a long time and has a natural soil resistance properties. It can be difficult to remove stains once absorbed by the fibres.

Carpet flooring

Carpet Construction


Tufted carpet is manufactured with loops of fibre (tufts or stitches) into the carpets backing to form the face pile of the carpet. 


Twist is a term used to describe how tightly the fibre (carpet yarn) has been twisted. The tighter the carpet is twisted the the more durability it will have against crushing or matting. This is particularly important in cut-pile carpets because the exposed tips can eventually become untwisted. 


Density is used to describe both the amount and how tightly packed together the carpet fibres are. The closer together, the denser the carpet and the better it will perform.

A simple test of carpet density is to push your fingers as deep into the pile as possible to reach the backing, the more difficult this is to do, the denser the carpet. bending the carpet in an outward 'U' shape will expose the backing, the less visible, the higher the density.

Stain Resistant Carpet

The important way to determine stain resistance is the carpet fibre type. Nylon, Polyester, Olefin and Wool. Most manufactureers apply a post production stain protection treatment to enhance the properties of the fibre.

Speak to one of our advisors at WB Jamieson who are able to guide you on stain resistance. 

Matting carpet contrasting against amtico vinyl

Carpet Textures

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets consist of yarns where the ends are cut. Cut pile carpets give a soft feel and are therefore suited to rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms.


Looped carpet is constructed from yarns that are left intact on the carpet surface, the pile height can vary. Loop carpet is durable and has soil hiding capabilities, a style that is ideal for heavy traffic areas.

Cut loop

The cut loop option has a combination of high cut tufts and lower loops which provide textured pattern in the carpet. Offering good performance cut loop carpets are less durable than loop carpets.

Striped carpet flooring

Tips on selecting your carpet or flooring

When you visit WB Jamieson, remember to bring fabric or colour samples in order to select a carpet that is suited to your space.

If your starting a room from scratch, whether is is a new-build home or a complete renovation. It's handy to remember WB Jamieson provides the full interior design solution from floors to walls, and the curtains to the furniture. Wide range of carpet colours available

Contact us today to discuss your flooring requirements.
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