Fabulous Flooring: Carpet Capers

by Creative Style Interiors

Heading into winter, there’s nothing cosier than the feel of soft carpet or a rug underfoot, making now the perfect time to start considering your options for a beautiful and insulating carpet or rug to keep your home warm.

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Types of Fibre

These fall into 3 categories

  1.     Natural e.g. Wool, cotton, silk,
  2.     Synthetic or manmade e.g. nylon, corn based, acrylic, polypropylene
  3.     Blends e.g. 80% wool: 20% nylon

The most common fibres that contemporary carpets are made from: Wool, Nylon and an 80/20 Wool/Nylon blend. However sales of a new fibre made from Corn are increasing rapidly.

Below are some desirable attributes of carpets for the home to compare the four fibre compositions.

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Talk with your carpet supplier about which is the best fibre if you suffer from allergies.

Myth buster: Older nylon carpets were high in static electricity, causing those horrible electric shocks when you touch something metallic. Nylon also didn’t hold its colour well. Production techniques have been refined over the years, and colour fast, anti-static forms of Nylon are now widely available on the market.

Types of Pile


Loop Pile:
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The loop pile is made from loops of yarn artfully leveled to create smooth textures or distinctive patterns. The finish is very streamlined yet generally not as soft to the touch as the cut pile.

It’s not uncommon to see a loop pile carpet in a two-tone stripe or a multi-level loop to create patterns or textures such as lines and squares. It can have an embossed effect.

While generally durable it can be a pain to vacuum, particularly the multi-level loop, as bits of ‘dirt’ can get ‘stuck’ in the loops.

Tip: I don’t recommend a loop pile in homes with pets, as one claw caught in a loop will pull like a ladder in pantyhose!

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Plush Pile:
A loop pile that’s been cut results is an upright pile with a luxurious look and feel. This cut pile is commonly known as the plush pile for this reason. It has a tendency to show tracking from footfalls or abrasions such as vacuuming or moving furniture.

Tip: If you don’t like the look of tracking, plush pile is not the best option for you.

 

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Cut Twist Pile:

A loop pile that’s been cut and then highly twisted results in a cut twist pile that’s looks slightly less formal than a plush pile. This pile shows much less tracking than plush while the denser (thicker weave) ones look almost as luxurious as plush. 

Tip: Cut twist pile is excellent if you have kids and pets due to its durability and easy maintenance.

 

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Cut & Loop Pile (Combination)
Combination cut & loop pile carpets utilise both cut and looped yarns to create patterns and textures that couldn’t be achieved through the use of only one pile. The pile can be either level or uneven, depending on the desired effect. The result is quite sculptural.

Tip: The uneven cut and loop pile, where the cut fibre is higher than the looped, may result in tracking.

 

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Sisal Carpet

Sisal carpets are a type of tight loop pile in very neat, straight rows to look like it’s made from sisal. The loop heights and colours can vary between rows to create special ‘effects’

 


Rugs

After our first edition of Fabulous Flooring- Terrific Timber, we know that Australia has a love affair with timber flooring but with winter almost upon us, adding a rug or two helps to keep our homes feeling warm, cosy and insulated against the cold.

They can also be an instant injection of colour & pattern and are great for defining an area within an open space.

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Tip: Now is the ideal time to invest in a rug or two!

Traditional
Rugs have been used for decorative, religious, aesthetic and cultural purposes for thousands of years, with many traditional artisan products still on the market today.

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The Persian Gabbeh, Japanese Tatami, Indian Dhurrie, Afghan Shindand, Turkish Kilim and Tibetan Khaden are amongst the huge number of traditional rug designs.

Today you can buy an antique Persian that will cost a fortune or a very good modern ‘interpretation’ that will cost you a lot less. With anything of this nature it pays to buy from an established and reputable traditional rug dealer who can authenticate your purchase.

Traditional rugs can work just as well in contemporary design schemes as in classic ones.

Contemporary
One of the best-known types of contemporary rug is the Shag pile, made famous in the 60’s. Other modern styles are the flat weave with or with a pattern, woven with a cut pattern, as well as woven made from sisal and seagrass.

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Today’s rugs are made from both natural and manmade fibres. There are even rugs made specifically for outdoor use as they let any water drain through them without affecting the fibre. They will eventually be UV damaged but they’re generally not expensive as they’re commonly made from recycled PET bottles.

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In general, we still love the feel of something soft underfoot in our bedrooms so wall-to-wall carpet is popular here, and if you want a really luxurious look in your living spaces you can’t beat carpet or rugs here too!

Stay tuned for our third chapter of Fabulous Flooring: Versatile Tiles!

If you need a hand choosing the right carpet or rug/s for your home, feel free to call me on 0416 190 792 or email me at jenny@creativestyle.com.au. Also visit my Pinterest page for some home office inspiration.

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