Last week, in part 1 of our carpet buying guide we explained some of the different styles of carpets there are on the market. Click here to read more https://www.inspiredspaces.com.au/different-carpet-styles-explained/
This week in Part 2, we explain the different types of fibres used in carpets.
Which fibres used will determine the carpets appearance, texture and longevity.
There are both natural and man-made fibre types, no one fibre is best for everyone.
The best carpet choice for you will depend on a number of things. How much traffic it will get, where it will be and of course, your budget.
Traditionally, carpet piles were made from wool. But since the 20th century synthetic fibres have become popular as they are less expensive than wool. Today, there are a number of different fibres used in carpets: Wool, Wool blends, Nylon, Eco, Polyester and Polypropylene.
We are going to go into more detail for the 3 major fibres used in Australia today. These are Wool, Nylon and Polypropylene.
Wool is a natural fibre and is soft, luxurious and durable. The unique fibre structure provides natural protection against stains and spills, and will keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Wool absorbs noise and is great for areas where appearance, as well as comfort, is important. Cheaper wool carpets will tend to pill.
Nylon is a man-made fibre which provides durability and stain resistance. A nylon carpet will hold its colour against cleaning and sunlight, and is available in a wide range of colours. It is cheaper than Wool and is ideal for high traffic areas and homes with children and pets.
Polypropylene is an inexpensive, synthetic fibre manufactured from man-made materials. It is colourfast, water-resistant and durable. It tends to have a flat, denser, less luxurious feel to it.
Wool, mixed with a synthetic fibre is also common and will give you the benefits of both fibres, but at a lower cost than a pure wool carpet.
They offer the resilience and durability found in synthetic fibres, but also have the luxurious appearance and feel of wool. Although there are a variety of blends, the most common mix is 80% wool with 20% synthetic fibres.
There are many factors to consider when buying a new carpet, no one factor is more important than the other. A good way to determine which carpet is best suited to your space is to think about them all…aesthetics, durability, texture, colour and budget.
Buying the wrong carpet can be a costly mistake so taking your time to choose the right one for you is important. Many companies will provide sample swatches, which you can take home and place around different rooms to get a feel of how it will look.