There’s a lot of confusion surrounding carpet. Some people think that terms like frieze, plush and berber have to do with the quality of the carpet, but that’s just not true. Any of these types of carpet can be high-quality, and any can be poorly made. Rather, these terms refer to how carpet is constructed, which determines how the carpet looks and feels. Let’s discuss the differences between these most common carpet types and help you decide which fits your home.
When you think plush, think velvet. As is the case with all carpet, plush starts out as a loop –then the fabric is sheared (the loops are cut), resulting in a nice, soft texture perfect for tired feet and toes. Like a velvet dress, traditional plush textures tend to reflect light more uniformly than other textures, so there is more of a light-and-dark effect. If the velvet effect isn’t your thing, consider a textured plush, which is a happy medium between plush and frieze. It is slightly texturized and reflects the light from the fiber at multiple angles and reduces the velveting effect.
Plush is still the most frequently chosen residential carpet. It is commonly used in rooms which are traditional or very formal, like dining rooms or family rooms and bedrooms as well.
First, it’s usually pronounced “free-ZAY” by those in the know. Frieze actually starts out as a plush texture. Then, through a heat setting process (much like when you get a perm hairstyle), the yarn is crimped and twisted to give it its casual trademark texture. Heat setting causes the yarn to be a bit more resilient and oftentimes more durable than other types of carpet.
Frieze is also a great choice for homeowners who want to minimize foot impression or vacuum lines. It’s short, crimped fibers typically rebound and the signs of traffic dissipate when the face of the carpet resumes its texture. From an installation standpoint, seams in frieze carpet tend to be less noticeable than in tight plushes or loops such as berbers.
When it comes to the look frieze gives your home, it’s most popular in more contemporary or casual homes. However, if you have a sleek, clean room, frieze can add dimension and texture.
Berber is carpet made of small loops of yarn. For some people, it can conjure up images of thick-looped rugs, but berber’s all grown up. One of the most popular variations today is tailored loop or micro-berber. Just like the name says, this uses small, dainty loops with a lower profile, and often features softer, more luxurious yarns.
Berber is a popular choice in contemporary-style rooms, where its flat, clean lines can shine. It is also frequently used in living rooms, dining rooms and other high-traffic areas due to easy cleaning attributes and a high stain resistance, making it one of the most popular styles on the market.
When it comes to installation, however, berber can be tricky. Seams are rarely able to be hidden completely and matching patterns can be a challenge.
Still not sure which style is best for you? Let us show you. We’re an Indianapolis carpet company who will bring samples of each carpet type to your home and let you compare in your space, in your light. We’ll help you make the right decision that fits your life and your look.