The time has arrived to change the flooring in your home and you have decided on carpet. But now what?!
A short search on Google will show you that there is a huge selection out there and it can be quite daunting!
I am going to take you through the different compositions that carpets come in so that you can make an informed choice for your interior.
What is Carpet Made From?
Wool is a popular choice because it's a natural material and well priced.
Wool will be able to take a battering over the years and by simply giving the carpet a professional clean, it will give it a new lease of life.
I think of my old grey wool rug that has seen everything from red wine to Chinese sweet and sour sauce being split on it and somehow the stains have come out or faded away over time.
Wool is a great and versatile wall to wall carpet option for an interior because of its durability and longevity.
It is also available in many different styles, textures and patterns, from a fine knit to a chunky one.
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A cut-velvet refers to carpet that has no loops as they been shaved during production and these wall to wall carpets will typically have a sheen.
You will commonly find that these types of carpet are either made from Nylon, Viscose or Tencel.
Nylon is essentially a type of plastic derived from crude oil. This plastic is then put through an intensive chemical process, resulting in the strong, stretchy fibres that make it so useful as a textile. Needless to say not the most eco friendly of choices.
Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre made from a natural occurring plant molecule.
A characteristic of carpets made from pure Viscose is they have a lovely sheen and a silky touch.
TENCEL™ is a botanic fibre acclaimed for its lustrous shine.
It beautifully reflects light and is the key ingredient for a silky carpet feel.
I tend to recommend these type of wall to wall carpets for bedrooms or other low traffic areas of the home.
If you would like to use a cut velvet carpet in your main living areas I would advise on having a liquid deference coat sprayed onto to Viscose and Tencel carpets to beef up it's protection.
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Sisal carpets are made from a natural fibre from Agave plants leaves, that are also used in making items such as rope and twine, making it a really durable material.
As a fitted carpet they can be used in any room and on stairs.
Most companies will advise on having the carpet sprayed with Intec protective spray as Sisal does tend to stain.
You can also find alternative’s such as cactus, jute and nettle.
There are also ranges called Sisool which is a mix of Sisal and Wool, adding a bit softness.
I think Sisal is a beautiful material and looks great in a herringbone pattern and there are many different colours available.
They are also a popular choice for stairs and clients often have runners made with a cotton or linen border in a colour to compliment their room’s colour scheme.
Stay away from man made fibres such as polypropylene and nylon as these are often made from petrochemicals and not biodegradable.
Its tough to remove stains and these type of carpets tend to be very hard underfoot and are typically used in commercial areas such as large office blocks.
80/20 Mix Fibre Carpets
In order to use delicate materials such as Viscose and Silk in carpet, manufactures will often do a 80% wool and 20% Viscose or Silk mix.
This gives you a product that has the durability of wool with a touch of sheen throughout.
The image below is an example of a mixed fibre composition but as a rug.
Carpet is a good investment and it will cosy up the dullest of spaces, If you are embarking on a project and weighing up what carpet to choose, please see my consultation page here.