boise cut pile carpet flooring

Boise homeowners love carpeting for its comfort and versatility. Carpets come in limitless colors and styles: from warm, welcoming plush to cool, chic saxony. One of the most common questions we receive at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley is how to decide between cut pile and loop pile carpeting.

Here is a look at the two major categories of carpet to help you decide which is right for you:

Loop Pile vs. Cut Pile

There are two types of carpeting: loop pile and cut pile. In order to understand their differences, it helps to know the carpet manufacturing process. Tufted carpeting consists of carpet fibers—wool, cotton, nylon, olefin—and a soft, padded backing layer. Big spools of yarn are woven in and out of the backing material, forming rows of loops. When these loops are left intact, the resulting carpet is loop pile. Cut these loops and you have cut pile.

Aside from aesthetics, the main difference between loop pile and cut pile is their levels of comfort versus durability. Loop pile is the more durable option, well suited for high traffic rooms in the house and even commercial spaces. Cut pile is soft and warm, perfect for family rooms and bedrooms.

Types of Cut Pile

There are many types of carpeting that fall within the cut pile family. They run the gamut in terms of comfort and durability. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Saxony: sometimes called plush, this carpet is soft and elegant. Its very low profile results in a smooth appearance. Saxony carpeting is a great option for living rooms and bedrooms alike.
  • Texture: this carpeting type has longer strands that are also twisted to add texture. Texture carpet is the most common carpeting type available and is probably what you picture when you think of “wall-to-wall carpeting.”
  • Frieze: pronounced freeze, this shaggy carpet feels far from cold underfoot. Frieze carpet is made by taking its long strands and twisting them ten or more times. The result is strands that curl in on themselves, hiding dirt, footprints, and vacuum tracks.

Learn from the Experts

At Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley, we carry thousands of flooring options for Boise homeowners. Stop by today and learn from our experienced staff, or call today for a free, in-home design consultation!

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