Cut pile carpet is carpet that has had its loops strategically cut during the weaving of the carpet. This makes all the loops the same height and allow them to tuft, or stand out a little bit. Cut pile carpets can be of various thickness, but regardless of thickeness, cut pile carpet always provides a cushioned feel for the feet.
Level loop carpet is created by making loops of uniform height and keeping them uncut. This provides a smooth, level surface. The strong loops of level loop carpet make it very durable and resistant to matting and tracking. The tight loop of this carpet helps to prevent dirt from making its way below the surface of carpet and easier to clean.
Cut and loop carpet is a combination of cut pile and carpet and level looping carpeting. This type has a medium durability and offers a variety of decorative options. The variation of the loops and cuts can allow for the creation of designs and the use of multiple colors within the carpet. Due to the multiple heights within the carpet fibers, cut and loop carpet hides dirt well and therefore is ideal for formal areas.
Broadloom carpet is made on a large loom and is usually used for large areas or for wall-to-wall carpeting. Broadloom carpet is usually glued down so it won't shift or move with use. Because broadloom has less seams, dirt will have a harder time penetrating the carpet, thus leaving it looking new and clean longer.
Carpet tiles are squares of carpet that are placed together to form a continuous carpet. Carpet tiles are an excellent alernative to large carpets, because if a piece of the rug is damaged from a spill or wear, then a single tile can be replaced, without removing any of the other tiles. Carpet tile saves money in the long run because of its ease of replacement. It also offers endless design ideas.
Carpet backing is extremely important in providing shape, structural, stability and protection to the carpet it backs. There are a number of different styles of carpet backing and it can be made from an assortment of materials, ranging from natural fibers to polyurethane. Examples of carpet backing are Jute, Polyurethane, Action-Bac and Moisture Barrier.