Types of Carpet Materials - Carpet Workroom

Carpet Materials

We offer a wide range of rug and related materials from just about every carpet manufacturer in the world because we know you deserve the best.

We sell:

  • Broadloom residential carpet
  • Broadloom commercial carpet
  • Carpet tiles
  • Roll runners
  • Oriental rugs
  • Hand-tufted rugs
  • Walk-off mats

Carpet and rugs have three very basic methods of construction; loop (berber), cut (plush), and cut & loop (textured) and they come in a number different materials:


Every attempt at improving synthetic materials is meant to mimic wool, but there is no match to this natural wonder. Wool is organic, sustainable, and reusable. Environmental responsibility aside, it is also the longest lasting, softest, most resilient type of carpet you can put on your floor. The undyed wools are actually priced very similarly to nylons and provide a natural alternative for your home. Most manufacturers also save their most decorative designs and unique colors for their wool lines making these materials not only pleasing to the touch but also the eye.


Alternative Natural Fibers

Beyond wool, there are a handful of other natural fibers that serve as great flooring in your home or office. Texture is a commodity in interior design and these materials bring it. Sisal, jute, tencel, abaca, and seagrass are some of the most commonly used so you may have heard of them. You also may have heard they are difficult to work with. However, that’s not a concern for our professional installers and fabricators. We hold chapters of trade secrets and have had nothing but success putting these materials into your home.


When it comes to synthetics, nylon is king. It is softer, more durable, more recyclable, and holds color better than any poly. Used in most areas of your home or office, nylons are even rated higher in terms of fire resistance. Many manufacturers will treat their nylon products with Stainmaster to resist stains or Magic Fresh to reduce odor. However, with the rising cost of oil (nylon is petroleum based), nylon is now near the cost of wool. Manufacturers are almost pricing nylon out of a lot of homes.

Synthetic Poly

Polyester, P-E-T, and polypropylene (olefin) are the least expensive materials you can put on your floor. There are some positive and negative attributes to this choice. Synthetic materials do not collect mold or mildew. For this reason, many indoor/outdoor carpets and rugs are made from poly products. These are also the most economical products to use for basement carpets. Because of the rising cost of nylon, most manufacturers are finding ways to utilize these less expensive options in more decorative ways. Unfortunately, the negatives are that they are the shortest lasting, least resilient, and can emit an odor when first installed.