Demystifying Carpets: A Glossary of Words and Terms for Carpet Enthusiasts

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Choosing the perfect carpet and understanding the world of carpet fitting can be a bit overwhelming with all the technical jargon. At Astley Carpets in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, we believe that an informed customer is a satisfied customer. In this comprehensive glossary, we’ll decode the words and terms commonly used in the realm of carpets and carpet fitting. Let’s dive in!

1. Pile: Pile refers to the surface of the carpet made up of loops or cut fibers. It’s what you walk on and feel underfoot.

2. Underlay: This is a cushioning material placed beneath the carpet to provide comfort and enhance insulation and soundproofing.

3. Berber: A style of carpet featuring looped fibers, often associated with a textured and natural look.

4. Saxony: Saxony carpets are known for their soft, plush appearance with a deep pile height. They exude luxury and comfort.

5. Twist: Twist carpets are made with twisted fibers, which makes them resilient and durable, perfect for high-traffic areas.

6. Pile Height: The length of the carpet fibers, measured from the backing to the top of the pile. It affects the carpet’s appearance and texture.

7. Pile Density: This refers to how closely packed the fibers are within the carpet. Higher density often indicates better quality.

8. Loop Pile: A type of carpet where the fibers form loops. Loop pile carpets, like Berber, are known for their durability.

9. Cut Pile: In contrast to loop pile, cut pile carpets have their fibers cut at the top, creating a plush surface. Saxony and velvet carpets fall into this category.

10. Tufted Carpet: Carpets created by punching yarn through a backing material. Tufted carpets are common and come in various styles.

11. Woven Carpet: Carpets crafted on a loom, resulting in intricate patterns and designs. They are known for their durability and elegance.

12. Tack Strip: Strips of wood or metal placed along the edges of a room to secure the carpet in place.

13. Seaming: The process of joining carpet pieces together to cover a larger area. Proper seaming ensures a seamless look.

14. Gripper Rods: Metal strips with sharp pins used to hold the carpet in place along the edges of a room.

15. Stretcher: A tool used to stretch and tighten the carpet during installation, ensuring a smooth and wrinkle-free finish.

16. Carpet Pad: A padding material installed beneath the carpet to provide cushioning and support.

17. Nap: The direction in which the fibers lie. It’s essential to ensure the nap runs uniformly for a consistent look.

18. Frieze: A carpet style with a highly twisted pile, resulting in a textured appearance and excellent durability.

Now that you’re well-versed in carpet terminology, it’s time to turn your knowledge into a beautifully carpeted home. Visit Astley Carpets at 75 Main Street, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE96RE, to explore our extensive range of carpets and receive expert guidance from our friendly staff.

If you prefer the convenience of shopping from home, call us at 01455 285214 to arrange a shop-at-home appointment. We’ll bring our exquisite carpet samples to you, ensuring you find the perfect carpet for your space. Don’t hesitate; let us transform your home with the finest carpets in the industry!

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