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Carpet Buying Guide: Carpet Styles

Carpet Styles

Carpet comes in various styles with names like plush, textured and berber. The style of a carpet refers to the way it was made. Alter something in that process and get a carpet with a different look or style. A carpet made with looped fibers, like berber, looks quite different from one made with cut fibers, like plush, while one made from fibers of different lengths has a subtly textured appearance.

Any number of changes can be made or combined to produce a range of looks or styles. The Home Depot offers seven styles of carpeting.

 
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PLUSH

Cut pile carpet constructed with fibers that are sheared at a uniform level and tightly twisted in the same direction

Velvety, high-sheen surface gives a formal, luxurious appearance

Especially soft underfoot

Footprints and vacuum tracks show readily

Used mainly in low-traffic areas of the home, such as bedrooms and living rooms

Available in the widest range of colors

Made from polyester, nylon or a polyester/nylon blend

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TEXTURED PLUSH

Cut pile carpet with tightly twisted yarns placed with different orientation angles

Each angle reflects light differently, resulting in a textured appearance

Used in formal or casual settings

Masks footprints and the long-term effects of matting

Ideal for homes with active children and pets

Most popular style of carpet sold

Made from polyester, nylon or olefin (polypropylene)

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FRIEZE

Composed of heat-set fibers in tightly twisted, bent yarns

Offers a unique crimped appearance

Extremely durable; the best performing style of cut pile carpet available

Provides a casual, modern look

Hides traffic patterns, footprints and seams

Made from polyester or nylon

Pronounced "freezay"

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MULTI

Combines several colors or tones for a unique and casual look

Durable, cut pile construction

Wide selection of designs ranging from very subtle color variations - such as a solid color with tiny flecks of a darker color - to bold color variations - such as bright green with a white frosted top

Masks traffic wear and hides dirt

Great for children's rooms

Made from polyester, nylon or a polyester/nylon blend

 
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LEVEL LOOP

Constructed with rows of looped face yarns that are uniform in height

Smooth, dense surface with tough, nubby texture

Doesn't show footprints or vacuum tracks

Resists wear and hides dirt

Ideal for high-traffic areas, including rec rooms, family rooms, offices and light commercial areas

Made from nylon, olefin (polypropylene) or a nylon/olefin blend

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BERBER

Loop pile carpet, with yarns looped through the carpet backing rather than cut, as they are with cut pile carpets

Large-loop construction and warm, natural colors offer contemporary styling

Doesn't show footprints or vacuum tracks

Good for high-traffic areas, including dens, family rooms and children's bedrooms

Made from nylon, olefin (polypropylene) or a nylon/olefin blend

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PATTERNED

Features patterned designs fashioned in one of three ways:

  • Patterns are created in the tufting process by combining either cut and looped yarns or high and low loops
  • Patterns are tufted into carpet using different colors of yarn
  • Patterns are printed on the carpet


Many traditional patterns available for formal and country-inspired styling

Low nap is good for high-traffic areas

Doesn't show traffic patterns or footprints

Made from nylon, olefin (polypropylene) or a nylon/olefin blend

 
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