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The many styles of carpet flooring

When it comes to carpet, there’s something for everyone. This flooring has an almost unlimited number of styles, colors, and price points. Keep in mind that not every rug will work for every room, but as long as everything coordinates, you'll be fine.

Michael Flooring Inc. is your one-stop flooring source, with a full inventory of products and services such as skilled installation and interior design consultations.

We’re also, like you, concerned about the environment, so we also carry sustainable items like bamboo and cork.

Our showroom is in Bakersfield, CA and we service surrounding areas such as Taft, Tehachapi, Shafter, and Wasco.

The five basic carpet types

Each type has its distinctive appearance, and some are better than others for some installations.

It’s here that you also need to understand carpet pile because it has strong associations with carpet types. For instance, the frieze, with its long, curly fibers, is considered a high pile, as is the shag, with its long, loose ones. Then you have low piles, such as the Berber style, with its short, tightly woven loops.

Two types fall in the middle. They are Saxony, which is what most people think of when they think of this iconic carpet. It's a cut pile that's neither high nor low, and the appearances range from the plush to velvet. The plush works well in format atmospheres, while textured versions are a little more casual. The "cut and loop" is just as it sounds; some fibers are cut while others are looped and they're combined to create various patterns.

Low pile carpets tend to be easier to clean; they’re often seen in commercial installations but will work well with most residential decors. High piles are better for low traffic areas like the bedroom.

Natural vs synthetic carpet fibers

They are both just as good, but your choice in carpet flooring will depend upon your needs. Wool is all-natural. Nylon is strong and stain-resistant, but you must use a stain guard. Polyester isn't as resilient as nylon, but it has an excellent inherent ability to resist stains. Olefin is economical, and best used in the Berber style whose construction uses the strongest part of the fiber. Triexta is relatively new, has permanent stain resistance built into the fiber, and is, as some say, stronger than nylon.