Selecting a carpet fiber is perhaps the most important decision you will make when shopping for carpet. The fiber will determine the comfort, longevity and cost of your new carpet.

If you are in the market for new flooring, use this handy guide to common carpet fibers from our team at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley.

bedroom carpet in boiseNylon

Nylon is the most common carpet fiber in Boise and throughout the U.S. with good reason. It is affordable, durable, and has many performance benefits. It is resilient, meaning it will resist matting and crushing under heavy furniture or foot traffic. It is resistant to mold and mildew, and it will resist staining when treated with a stain-resistant product.


Polyester is not as durable as nylon. It is less resilient and more prone to crushing. However, a low pile polyester carpet will maintain its shape and appearance over a longer period of time than a high pile polyester carpet. The primary benefits to polyester are its price point, its resistance to stains and fading, and its beautiful color variations.


Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is one of the least expensive carpet fibers available and is commonly found in commercial spaces. It is very easy to clean, colorfast, and resistant to stains, moisture, mildew, pilling and static. Due to its dying process, it is available in fewer colors than nylon or polyester. It also has poor resiliency, and the fibers are susceptible to fusing together if heavy objects, such as furniture, are dragged across the surface.


Wool carpeting is the most common natural fiber option in the U.S., but its high price point puts it out of reach for many homeowners. It is a great option for families that prioritize eco-friendly building materials. It cleans very well and is considered durable and resilient. It is also naturally stain and flame resistant. It is prone to fading in direct sunlight, and it will develop mold and mildew if exposed to moisture over extended periods of time.

Backing Fibers

Carpet backing fibers are often overlooked but no less important. There are many backing options to consider, including synthetic, natural and recycled materials. The backing is an essential component of carpet construction, so consider your options carefully when buying new carpet for your home in the Boise area.

If you are ready for new carpet, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley and we will help you find the best fiber for your home or office.

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