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Carpet flooring reflects the current living styles combined with our own personal taste.

Over the past years, manufacturing has advanced, offering buyers a wider choice between, color, texture and affordability with discount floor covering. Today, manufacturers have gotten more artistic because carpet is more than just a floor covering; it’s a part of the room’s personality.

Over the past 20 years, the assortment of carpet styles have changed and improved to fit the lifestyles of buyers. Homeowners are looking for quality, while adding comfort, texture and pricing into the buying decision. The same synthetic fibers are used, but the fiber strands are much finer than the traditional carpets of the past. The improved process crafts a softer floor covering that can still stand up to heavy traffic.


Carpet Flooring Styles

All carpet has the fiber strand sewn to the backing—the change in form and texture happens when the fibers are cut, looped or twisted to create the finished carpet. During the 1980s, shag carpets, with random loops and piles, were popular. Today shags are still popular, with updated colors, patterns and twisted designs. By twisting together different fibers and using complimenting tones, the contrast creates amazing effects. Texture variations have added a new sense of stylishness to carpet—allowing buyers to personalize any room:

  • Cut Pile—Strands are straight and cut evenly across the surface; this known as plush.
  • Cut Loop—Both ends are sewn to the backing to create the loop.
  • Patterned Cut Loop—Different loop sizes and heights create a pattern.
  • Cut and Loop—Cut pile and loops create another pattern.


Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is a loop style made with Olefin. Olefin is a polyolefin and less costly than nylon or wool carpet fibers. Initially, Berber carpet was light in color with flecks of dark. The pattern popularity created a market for solid colors besides other value points:

  • Mixture of prices compared to cut pile
  • Range of color
  • More durable than cut pile

Due to the tight loops, Berber is easy to clean. Spills sit on the top of the carpet, so you have more time to soak it up. The tight weave and texture of Berber carpet offers long lasting durability. Berber works for high traffic homes. Some worry about pulling the loops out; however, the force has to be strong to cause a snag.


2017 Carpet Flooring Trends

Carpet styles come and go, but cut loop has been covering residential and business floors since 1970. One of the biggest changes is the improvement of stain resistance, making carpet easier to clean. One trend is the visual patterns with neutral or lighter colors to complement the home’s flooring. New homeowners looking to create their own style are choosing patterns with vibrant and bold colors. Keeping up with the times--recycling nylon fibers instead of melting down polyester to make new fiber--has prompted more options in discount floor covering.



No matter what carpet style you choose, remember not all carpets are manufactured the same. If you are looking for modern and contemporary styles, stick with the proven Berbers. If you prefer a blend between modern and contemporary styles accented with classic details, consider soft piles in neutral colors.


Iris M. writes blog content for real estate; research, region and community information for the purpose of providing information to the reader, helping them with decisions when selecting a home. She writes content on a variety of subjects, pertaining to client specifics, industry related, research and informative studies, including "how to" for mass market and social media.