Choosing the Right Carpet

One of the most important parts in selecting carpet is understanding what it’s made of. Different carpet fibers have different characteristics. Before starting the process of choosing carpet, you should always ask yourself, what’s more important; durability, comfort, or aesthetics?

WOOL

Pros

  • Naturally stain resistant
  • Strong, elastic and resilient; great for heavy traffic
  • Responds very well to cleaning, as moisture makes the fiber swell and release dirt
  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Neutralizes indoor air contaminants and does not reemit them
  • No VOCs
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable
  • Holds color the most consistently

Cons

  • Very sensitive to chlorine bleach
  • Sheds and requires more maintenance than synthetic fibers
This grey, black and white luxury wool rug is finished at 54"x36" with a narrow cotton binding and is only available at CarpetWorkroom.com

54″x36″ grey, black and white luxury wool rug finished with a narrow cotton binding

 

NYLON

Pros

  • Most commonly used fiber; readily available in a wide range of colors and textures
  • Good elasticity — very important in heavy traffic areas where furniture may be dragged across the carpet
  • Abrasion resistant, surpassing even wool
  • Wear guaranties often available
  • Resilient; can be crushed for long periods and regain its original shape
  • Responds very well to most professional cleaning methods and treatments

Cons

  • Can have problems with bleaching, fading, or urine reactions
  • Synthetic, so it off-gases
This tan, red and gold rug is made out of woven synthetic and finished at 34"x23" with a narrow poly binding

34″x23″ Tan, red and gold woven synthetic rug is finished with a narrow poly binding

POLYESTER

Pros

  • Very resistant to bleaching, fading and soil-dye reactions
  • Resistant to water-based stains
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Difficult to dye; usually must be solution dyed, which limits the variety
  • Not resistant to oily stains
  • Can mat down quickly and will not come back the way nylon does
  • Synthetic, so it off-gases
Brown and tan rug with a diamond medallion pattern finished at 38"x27.5" with a narrow cotton binding

38″x27.5″ Brown and tan woven synthetic rug with diamond medallion pattern and a narrow cotton binding

SISAL

Pros

  • Can stand up to high traffic; good for stairs
  • Gives your room a great natural look while adding texture
  • Biodegradable and nontoxic

Cons

  • Susceptible to moisture damage
  • Can be difficult to clean
This brown rug is made of natural fiber with a geometric pattern finished at 63"x40" with narrow cotton binding

63″x40″ Brown and tan natural fiber rug with geometric patter finished with narrow cotton binding

 

 

A question you want to ask yourself is, “How much traffic and use does the room get? Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear. Along with, “What type of rug is best for fighting stains?” A lot of synthetic rugs now come with a variation of Scotch Guard to help prevent stains.  However, nothing beats the cleaning ability and wearability of wool. Each wool fiber is naturally coated which prevents the penetration of a stain causing substance. If you have any questions, please direct them to info@carpetworkroom.com