How to Choose the Right Carpet

Shopping for carpet is the same as shopping for a vehicle. It involves a big financial investment. All the different colors, brands and styles can make your head spin. Shopping for carpet can usually end up dealing with salespeople that give you a lot of pressure. The experience can be very overwhelming that it is tempting to shop around with only a basic style and color in mind and rely on agents for recommendations.


Carpeting is considered as one of the largest investments you will make in your house. By doing some basic research, comparisons shopping as well as working with a reputable carpet retailer, you will be able to purchase a carpet that best matches your needs and preferences, as well as gives you confidence that you are getting a high quality product for a reasonable price.

Carpet is created using 4 main types of fiber: nylon, wool, polyester, as well as Triexa, a new variation of Polyester. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Choosing the right color for your home is actually your personal decision, so there’s no right or wrong. Selecting the right type of fiber for your lifestyle and home as a whole will determine your new carpet’s performance.

In this article, you will learn some basic background in carpet quality and styles. You will also learn the primary things to consider when you are shopping for a new carpet. We will give you tips and ideas on what you should look for a carpet.


For centuries, wool is being used for making rugs. It is the only natural fiber that is used in wall to wall carpet nowadays. The sheep whose wool is utilized for carpeting are special breeds. Their wool’s characteristics are different than wool that is being used in clothing. Wool is very expensive because it is scarce. Many carpet retailers do now show samples of wool carpet because it can’t fit most people’s budget. Instead, it’s a lot more common to see wool that is blended with other fibers like acrylic or nylon. In this way, you will still get the wool carpet’s characteristics but the price is much lower compared to pure wool carpet.

Wool is luxurious and soft. It cleans and wears well. The structure of its fiber hides dirt and can usually come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Wool is also hypoallergenic. However, in addition to its very expensive price, wool can stain easily. Aside from that, it must be created in heavier weights compared to synthetic fibers.


For decades, scientists have formulated synthetic fibers for carpet out of petroleum. Some of these synthetics didn’t work well and nylon was the first one to be successful and was then used commercially. Nylon fiber wore extremely well.

However, earlier generations of nylon also stained badly. Scientists spent many years inventing a nylon fiber that is more resistant to stain. In the late 80’s, Stainmaster nylon brand has hit the market and changed the carpet industry since then. After that, you can already put light colored carpets in high traffic rooms and maintain it much easier.

Nowadays, almost all synthetic carpet fibers are resistant to stain. The trend now is towards ultra-soft carpet fibers.

Aside from resistance to stain, there are more reasons why nylon carpet fiber has the biggest market share out of all man-made fibers. It is because it can come in a huge variety of styles and colors, and very resilient as well. Aside from being stain resistant, it can also be cleaned easily and has low static levels. Nylon carpets can be used in almost any type of home as well as any room, regardless if the home has high traffic areas, low traffic rooms, or is a fancy home or budget home.


Polyester has its “green” side because most of the polyester fiber being used in carpets came from recycled empty bottles. As a matter of fact, around billions of bottles per year are collected, melted, as well as turned into beautiful carpet fiber.


This type of carpet fiber took almost 20 years to develop. Even though it is related to polyester, it is still considered a unique fiber by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009. Triexa carpet fiber has become popular since then because of its fade and stain resistant properties. It also cleans well and is available in a wide range of styles and colors. In addition to that, it is also resilient while generally more affordable compared to nylon.

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