Our goal is to provide you with quality carpet products that will beautify your home, meet your specific performance and budget needs, be easy to care for, and stand the test time. We also strive to be good listeners, committed partners in your home improvement project, and strong advocates of great customer service.
But more than that, what truly sets us apart can be said in just five simple words. Carpet is still the primary flooring choice for many. After all, it’s relatively inexpensive, comfortable, generally easier to install and replace than other floor coverings, and it offers more fashion options in colours and textures than any other floor covering option on the market. Carpet offers you more warmth, softness and it is much quieter than any other floor covering.
Today’s carpet styles, colours and textures also blend well with any home decor and with a variety of other flooring products. From traditional to country, from casual to formal, you can always find a carpet that will compliment any interior setting and give you years of beauty and performance. For most manufacturers of such products, carpet refers to floor covering that is installed wall-to-wall, which have a finished edge and simply laid or placed on the floor. Some of the basic features that create a typology for carpets are the fiber, the technique used to make it, and the pattern.
Fiber is used in the face of the carpet—the visible side—as well as in the backing, and depending on the attributes
may be preferred for one or the other. Carpets may be made of natural fiber or synthetic fibers.
Natural fibers include:
- Coir or Coconut fiber—Two names for the rough, durable fiber reaped from the outer husk of coconuts.
- Cotton—Fiber harvested from a tropical plant, used to wrap yarn for woven carpet, but not typically
used for the face of carpets.
- Jute—Used to make fabrics such as burlap and twine, jute is softer than sisal and is used in the backing of woven and tufted carpet.
- Seagrass (also spelled sea grass)—reedy material from several different plants, it should be kept dry.
- Sisal—A rough material, made from the agave and related plants, and easily damaged by stains and moisture.
- Wool—a durable, soft and expensive fiber, often used in fine carpets.
Carpet manufacture takes place in several ways. The main types are tufted and woven carpets,
though there are also flocked and knitted carpets.
- Woven Carpet—Woven carpets are created on a loom. If the loom used is particularly wide, they may be referred to as broadloom. The Wilton carpet, one type of woven carpet, is used to create carpets with up to five colors, including carpets with jacquard patterns.
- Tufted Carpets—Tufted carpets are manufactured by inserting tufts of yarn through a fabric backing. Axminster is one type of tufted carpet, used primarily for patterned carpets in multiple colors. The loops that result from the tufting method are either left in place or cut. This is called the pile, and there are many words to describe it.
- Cut pile—all the loops on the face have been cut. An example is a Saxony carpet.
- Cut/loop pile—some of the pile has been cut, with other parts left as loops.
- Loop pile—all the loops on the face remain uncut (this approach is called round wire in a woven carpet).
- Multi-level—the height of the pile is varied, whether it consists of cut pile, loops, or both.
- Shag—characterized by long pile tufts which flop over so that the side of the yarn forms the face.
- Sculptured—carpet pattern formed by a combination of different heights and/or different piles,such as both high and low loops or cut/loop pile that also has height variations.
Less common are flocked and knitted carpets.
Carpets come in many patterns and prints. Carpet patterns are characterized by how the units repeat and match up. The two main distinctions are Set match and Drop match.
With a Set match the pattern is arranged in parallel rows, straight across the entire width of the carpet. With a Drop match, each subsequent iteration of the pattern is farther down the length of the carpet, so that the pattern runs at a downward sloping angle. The drop may be Half Drop or Quarter Drop, for example.
Carpets can also be printed, usually using flatbed screen printing.