There are typically three types of tufted carpet: cut pile, loop pile, and cut and loop pile.

In a cut pile style, the carpet loops have been cut to create individual tips.

Examples of this style include plushes and textured saxonies.

In a loop pile style, the carpet loops are not cut or sheared.

Instead, the intact loops form the surface of the carpet.

Examples include multi-level loops and berbers.

In a cut and loop pile style you will see a combination of cut pile and loop pile.

This type of carpet can have very distinct patterns and are great in formal areas.

Advantages of each: Cut pile styles are extremely versatile, making them suitable for virtually any area of the house; some of the textured carpets will be flecked or speckled with random strands of color which helps hide everyday use.

Loop pile carpets are very durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.

Cut and loop styles come in multi-colorations and random patterns and have excellent soil-hiding properties When selecting a cut pile carpet, you may want to look at the twist, which refers to the number of times the fiber is twisted together in each individual carpet yarn.

The tighter the twist, the more durable the carpet will be.

For loop pile styles, the measure of quality is the tuft bind, which refers to the relative strength of the attachment of yarn loops to the carpet backing.

Higher quality carpets have a denser tuft bind.

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