Carpet Material Types Explained

Carpet Material Types

For many years, wool carpets have been the most popular carpet fibre to use, but there are a number of different options to choose from. As you would expect each has different characteristics. Our team of local carpeting manufacturers, fitters and interior designers can assist you and help you make the right choice for your individual requirements.

Wool Carpets

Wool carpets are very resilient and naturally resistant to soiling and staining, yet still possessing a soft warm comfortable feel. Wool ages well, and has good appearance retention properties and is natural. Our Woollen carpets are manufactured locally by us, using British wool. Because wool carpets are so popular in the UK, they are available in many colour and style variations. In global terms, wool is actually a small part of the market as it is generally more expensive than other fibres. UK wool is recognised as being amongst the best quality in the world.

Wool Carpet Blends

There are two types of wool blend commonly available. They are 80/20 or 50/50 Poly prop wool. This is a combination of low cost, tough polypropylene with soft resilient wool. The colours can sometimes be less vibrant than other yarn types because of the blending process, however they are durable and offer the look and feel of wool at a lower cost.

Nylon Carpets

Nylon carpets are treated to help prevent staining, but generally over time they can fade in comparison to Solution Dyed Nylons. They are hard wearing and generally do not shed their fibre.  Around the world nylon is the single biggest fibre type used in the manufacture of carpets.

Polyester Carpets

Polyester fibre carpets are slowly becoming a significant part of the market. It is naturally stain resistant, soft to touch and less expensive and more readily available than nylon, making it attractive to manufacturers, retailers and both domestic and commercial customers. Comparatively it is less resilient than wool or nylon so is generally made in higher weights to help counter this characteristic. Like nylon these products do not generally shed their fibre and are used for the long term. They tend to be quite colourfast and as they do not absorb moisture sometimes.

Need help?

If you would like to know more about the various carpets types available within the industry or are interested in purchasing a new carpet. Do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon. We supply carpets to various areas of Lancashire including: Manchester, Liverpool, Blackburn, Bolton, Wigan and Preston.