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There are several aspects to consider when choosing carpeting for your home, including color scheme, construction, and cost, as well as its location and the use it will receive. A carpet with a quality rating of 4-5 (on a scale of 1-5) will usually be best for a high-traffic area of the home, such as a hallway or living room, while a quality rating of 3 may suffice for a less-traveled area such as a bedroom. Neutral colors typically blend in well with surrounding design elements, but this is not the only choice in carpeting. There are also many bold colors that can make carpeting the focal point of a room and express an element of style.
In addition to various colors, textures and patterns also lend an air of sophistication. A cut-pile carpet features cut loops and is one of the most popular carpet constructions available. There are several types of cut-pile carpets, including plush/velvet, which has a smooth, level surface, Saxony, which has a smooth surface but more twist to the yarns to create a less formal look, and frieze, which is a cut pile featuring very twisted yarns, creating a "curly" texture. Level loop piles are loops that are not cut, but are the same height, creating an informal look. An example of this is Berber carpet. Multi-level loop pile has several different loop heights to create texture and patterns. Cut and loop pile is a combination of the two and provides the most amount of texture.
Fibers are an important part of carpet construction and may be nylon, olefin, polyester, acrylic, wool, or blends of the above. Nylon is the most popular carpet fiber, while olefin provides resistance to wear and stains. Wool tends to be the most expensive fiber and generally has the most bulk.
When pricing options, it is best to consider how long the carpet will be used. In general, a better grade of carpet will last longer than one of lesser grade, and the better carpet may be well worth the extra cost in the long run.
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