What are the Differences in Carpet and Why are Some Higher Priced Than Others?

What are the Differences in Carpet and Why are Some Higher Priced Than Others?

Choosing the perfect carpet for your home can be daunting. Why is one more expensive than another, does the construction of the carpet matter? What will be best for my family and lifestyle?

The first question is where is the carpet being installed? Is it a high traffic family room or staircase or a bedroom that gets much less wear and tear? What is my budget for this project?

The price of carpet is first and foremost determined by the type of fiber. Polyester is a less expensive fiber that may be suitable for a lower traffic area of the home, such as a bedroom, but will not wear as well as nylon. Nylon is more expensive but is a stronger more durable fiber that will hold up for many years in the busiest rooms on your home. Both of these synthetic fibers will be resistant to staining.

Wool is the most expensive fiber because it is a natural fiber. There are many benefits to wool such as it’s durability, stain resistance and natural beauty. Wool may be a larger initial investment but will stand the test of time and remain luxurious for many years to come.

The other factor to consider is the construction of the carpet. A tufted carpet will be less expensive that a woven or hand loomed carpet.

Tufting is a more common construction in carpet and is the fastest way to produce carpet so tufted carpet tends to be more affordable option. If you are looking for a solid plush, a berber or a tone on tone patterned carpet, a tufted carpet may be the best option.

Woven carpets are usually made from wool or a wool blend and are constructed much like a hand-woven rug. The weaving process allows for distinctive designs and beautiful ranges of color.

Finding the perfect carpet for your home can be overwhelming but considering budget, fiber and construction can help in the decision process.

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