Tips To Select The Perfect Carpet For Your Home
Covering the floor of your house with carpets has many advantages. Not only do they add an extra dimension to the room in terms of beauty but also protect your precious floor from wear and tear. In fact in winters, especially in cold countries, carpets help to keep the room warm.
A few factors which also play a very important role in carpet selection are:
Style of the carpet: There are basically two styles in which carpets are made. They are:
. The loop style pile wherein each end of the strand is woven into the base of the carpet thereby forming a continuous loop. These are generally used for places and rooms which experience heavy traffic.
. The cut style pile wherein the loops woven into the carpet base are cut so that they stand out as individual strands from the base. They make for carpets which are comfortable to walk on and attractive to look at.
Fibre used to make the carpet: This is a critical point to consider before making the final carpet selection. There are two categories of fibres used for carpet weaving. They are:
Natural fibres like:
. Wool, the most common natural fibre as it is extremely resistant to footfall and keeps looking good for years to come,
. Silk, mostly used for making rigs in the oriental regions,
. Jute which makes for a great backing or base for the carpet,
. Flax, Sisal, Coir, Sea grass etc.
Man-made fibres like
. Nylon, which when combined with wool makes for extra durable and footfall resistant carpets,
. Polyester which gives the carpet a thick luxurious feel and is quite stain resistant,
. Polypropylene which can withstand traffic pretty well and is also very easy to maintain etc.
Budget of the buyer: Carpets come in all price ranges. Hence it is very important to determine the budget before going carpet buying. Certain things to keep in mind with regards to the budget are:
. Wool carpets are extremely expensive and also need quite some maintenance,
. A flat cut and loop dense carpet is inexpensive yet durable,
. Man-made fibres make for inexpensive, easy to maintain and durable carpets,
. Luxurious carpets are extremely expensive and are also difficult to maintain but they give a luxurious feel underfoot.
Room Use: The wear and tear that a room experiences will also determine the type of carpet selected. This is because a room with heavy and rough use like the children’s room etc., needs a carpet which is
. Inexpensive to be able to afford the occasional replacement that it will require,
. Durable so that it is able to withstand rough use and
. Resistant to footfall since kid’s rooms will generally experience more traffic.
But for a room which is only occasionally ever used, choosing beauty over practicality is a good option. Thick, luxurious and beautifully patterned vibrant carpets make for great ornaments of room decoration.
Colour scheme: The colour scheme of the room along with its accessories should also be kept in mind when selecting a carpet. The colour and pattern of the carpet should be such that it should blend in and enhance the aesthetics of the room.
Carpet selection is a very joyful if tedious experience. It needs time and knowledge to get that perfect carpet for the room. But keeping in mind the above given points will ensure that carpet selection becomes an easy enough and enjoyable process.