When you are buying a carpet, it is helpful to understand the different carpet styles and their uses. Here is a guide to help.
||A simple loop pile with tufts of equal height.||Great for high-traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, kitchens, family rooms, and kids' rooms.|
||A loop pile with several levels of tufts forming a sculptured surface. Berbers made from wool or synthetic yarn are a type of multilevel loop.||Good for busy rooms. The sculpted surface gives it a more formal look than level loops. Flecked styles help hide dirt.|
||Also called tip shear. Features cut and uncut loops, creating a textured look.||Can be either formal or informal. Not for kitchens.|
||Similar to random shear, except the cut and uncut loops are at varying heights.||The sculptured look suits informal dining or living rooms.
||Dense, level-cut pile of one-half inch or less; closely packed yarn tufts.||Smooth and luxurious. Perfect for formal settings such as living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.|
||Level-cut pile with heights of more than one-half inch. Not as dense as saxony plush. (Remember shag carpeting?)||Not a good choice for stairs -- a heel may catch in the long yarn. Use in any informal setting except the kitchen.|
||Also called frieze or trackless. Features curled or twisted tufts, with a texture that truly masks footprints.||Great for hallways, stairs, kids' rooms, and any informal setting.|