Picking a carpet for any area of your home can be a very difficult decision. Firstly you have to pick a colour to match the style of your room, then, someone asks you what type of carpet pile you would like. Without the right information, this can be a hard decision to make. Here is everything you need to know about the carpet pile to make sure you get the right one for your home.

Loop Pile Carpet

Loop pile carpet is one of the most popular carpet styles in UK homes. In loop pile, also known as Berber carpet, the fibres are threaded from underneath the carpet base, up and back through again to form a loop which is where the carpet gets its name. Loop pile carpet can be made in uniform height or it is possible to get multi-level loop pile carpet where distinctive patterns can be woven for a more interesting appearance. This is a hard-wearing type of carpet with a good bounce back when stepped upon. With hard-wearing properties, it makes an ideal carpet for a hall, stairs and landing.


Twist Pile Carpet

Twist pile carpet is also a very popular carpet choice in the UK. As the name suggests, the carpet yarn is tightly twisted and threaded through the carpet base giving a textured look to your flooring. Twist pile, also known as Cut Pile, is a hard wearing carpet making it ideal for high traffic areas within a home such as living and dining rooms. The carpet is also easier to maintain, one of the reasons it is a popular household choice.


Saxony Pile Carpet

Saxony carpet generally features longer strands of yarn compared to other types of carpet pile. This helps to add a luxurious feel to the carpet making it popular in bedrooms and homes with less traffic, for example, without pets. Due to the longer feel the carpet can appear softer underfoot and also help with the warmth of a room compared to shorter carpets. However, it is more likely to show footprint indents and wear more easily as a result.


Shag Pile Carpet

The long strands of Shag Pile Carpet give an unparalleled level of underfoot luxury to your flooring. With longer tufts of carpet visible, the carpet takes on a shaggy appearance which was at peak popularity in the 1970s but is seen to be making a come back in the past few years. With the yarn strands being longer they are unable to stand up creating a carpet texture you are able to run your fingers through. Shag pile carpet will not only make an impression but also give a warm and cosy feeling beneath your feet.


For more information on carpet types available or for advice on which carpet would be best for your room ask a member of the Great Big Floor Store Team.