Type of Carpets
Today's carpet market is dominated by three main varieties:
are an ancient craft that combines unique design, vibrant colors and plush fabrics to bring warmthand pizzazz to any space.Historically, oriental rugs have been produced in Central Asian countries such as Turkey, Persia, Pakistan,Nepal, India, Afghanistan, China, the Caucasus and Turkestan. The term 'Oriental' encompass specifictypes of rug classifications including: Persian, Turkish (or Anatolian), Caucasian and Central Asian. Hereare a few things to consider when purchasing a rug:
Machine or hand-woven.
Natural or synthetic dyes.
Natural dye is normally extracted from vegetables while artificial dyes such as aniline and chromeare also used.
Density, measured in knots per square inch. This can range from 40-1,000 and normally costsmore the higher the knot count. A very high knot count is mostly reserved for museumcollections.
Natural or synthetic fibers. Hand-tufted rugs are often made of natural fibers while machinemade rugs can be made of either natural or man-made products.Some believe that using natural fibers such as wool (most common in oriental rugs), silk and goat orcamel hair provide many advantages. Wool as an example is often praised for its durability and its ability to maintain the rug's strength and beauty.Some common synthetic fibers used to produce rugs include olefin (polypropylene), nylon, polyester,acrylic and cotton and some rugs use a blend these fibers. Synthetic rugs are often more affordable thanrugs made of natural thread and some find the higher levels of stain resistance in synthetic rugs an added benefit.
in which individual strands of yarn are pulled through the carpet backing twice to create asmall loop.Long lasting and easy to clean, level loop pile is increasingly popular. Carpets with short, densely-packedpile block out dirt and are well suited to high traffic areas. Longer loops can give carpet a luxuriousappearance.
- Berbers have thick yarns and are often distinguished by their 'flecked' appearance, whichis excellent for hiding traffic marks.
- Soft, heavy yarns with lots of twist and a casual look. Good for medium traffic areas, cableis synonymous with comfortable, casual living.
- Twisted synthetic yarns that imitate the hardy, woven grass feel of aboriginal crafts.Tighter than berbers, with a stiff feel, sisals are good for high traffic areas and come in solid andfleck tones.