Main Types of Carpet


Top Choices for Kitchen FlooringDid you know that carpet sales account for more US sales of a flooring material than all other flooring types combined? There's good reason for this, as carpet is generally inexpensive, easy to install and available in a huge variety of colors, textures and styles. It's also comfortable to walk on, offers great sound reduction and is easy to care for. If you're searching for new carpet there are two main types that you will likely encounter, loop pile and cut pile. The names of these carpet types refer to the way the carpet fibers are attached to their backing. Read on to learn more about each!

Loop Pile Carpet

Loop pile means that the carpet fibers are bent into loops to be attached to their backing. This type of carpet is favorable for its durability and stain-resistance. However it is generally offers less cushion than its counterpart. Within the loop pile carpeting you will find level loop, which is also known as Berber, and multi-level loop. The latter provides a flush carpet that is great for high traffic areas. If you want a more patterned and textured appearance you will want to consider multi-level loop carpeting.

Cut Pile Carpet

Cut pile means the carpet fibers are cut so they stand alone. This type of carpeting is usually more dense and softer than loop pile. There are multiple types of cut pile carpeting.

  • Saxony carpeting has a smooth finish with longer fibers
  • Plush has an even, smooth texture that gives it a more formal look.
  • Textured cut pile utilizes uneven fiber lengths for a more unique appearance.
  • Cable uses thick, long fibers to create a very soft carpeting.
  • Frieze carpet has long fibers, and is sometimes known as shag carpet.

All of these carpet types are available in a variety of colors and patterns. If you're interested in new carpeting in Raleigh head to Carolina Flooring. We carry a huge inventory of carpet, as well as numerous other flooring types. Give us a call at (919) 848-9232 or stop by our Raleigh flooring showroom to get started today!


Carolina Flooring Blog

Written By Brian Corey

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