Choosing Carpet: Styles and Types

What are the current trends in carpet?

While the natural look of wood is popular, carpet is still highly valued for its comfort, color, texture and warmth. Carpets have stepped center stage as the focal point for interior design. Today, distinctive textures and patterns have made carpet an integral focus of an overall design scheme. Large patterns are quite popular at the moment, as are darker color choices such as brown and heather. Similarly, cut-and-loop carpet patterns are growing in popularity because of their durability and special look. Texture and pattern are most popular in style because they minimize soil and vacuum marks. Carpet made from wool fibers is naturally stain-resistant and static-free; it is also warm underfoot, highly durable and easy to maintain. 50 Floor offers a considerable line of fashionable carpet styles, both distinctive applied and woven patterns for focal design and understated neutrals that create a look of classic elegance.


Knowing All the Carpet Types Available Will Help You Make Your Choice

The manufacturing of carpet--which can be described as sewing strands of yarn into a backing material--creates thousands of yarn loops. When the loops are cut, we create a CUT PILE carpet, often known as PLUSH. When the loops remain uncut, we create a LOOP carpet. These two options can be combined to create four CONSTRUCTION possibilities:

Cut Pile
When the loops are cut, you create a cut pile carpet.

Loop Pile
When the loops remain uncut, you create a loop pile carpet.

Patterned Loop
When the loops remain uncut and the loops have multiple heights, the result is a patterned loop carpet.

Cut & Loop
When cuts and loops are combined, you can create a wide range of patterns.


In addition to CONSTRUCTION types, 50 Floor divides its carpet products into the following eight STYLES. In our online product catalog, you can search by these styles to help you determine a favorite.

Plush (Cut Pile) Styles:

Smooth (known as a Saxony)
This style of cut pile carpet is achieved when the tufts of yarn are sheared to a low, smooth pile height for uniform color and a formal look.

This popular style offers a smooth, level finish, but the yarns have more twist, which creates a less formal look.

Twist (known as a Frieze)
The yarns in this style are even longer, creating a soft, comfortable, casual appearance.

The yarns in this style are even longer, creating a soft, comfortable, casual appearance.

Loop Styles:

Level Loop (often called a Berber)
In this style, all the loops are the same height. The dense, firm surface of a loop pile carpet makes it ideal for high-traffic areas.

Patterned Loop
The yarns in this style are also looped, but they are at two or three varying heights. The various heights can be arranged to create a wide range of patterns and textures.


Pattern carpets beautifully blend loops and cuts in varying heights for dramatic, unique patterns, ranging from floral designs to geometric to pin-dot.


As the name suggests, these carpets feature a design printed directly onto the carpet for a stylish, often dramatic look.

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