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Carpet style and texture buying guide

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Texture is all about the feel of the carpet and is created by using different yarn types and different construction methods.

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There are three basic carpet construction types that are used to create a variety of different styles and textures . All haveВ different features and their choice for you very much depends on personal preference.

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In this short video clip, interior designer Ursula Vlasic advises on how best to choose the style of your carpet.

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Cut pile All cut pile carpets, particularly plush pile carpets will develop lighter or darker patches over time. Known as “shading”, “puddling” or “watermarking” it is caused by the permanent bending of the carpet pile fibres which then reflect the light differently. In this respect, cut pile carpets are very comparable to other natural textiles such as suede and velvet – which also show light and dark areas and are appreciated for this very quality. The extent to which shading occurs cannot be accurately predicted or prevented and is most often related to the location of use.A cut pile carpet generally has a more luxurious feel than other styles of carpet. Cut pile carpets can vary from a resilient hard twist (which has the equivalent of a ‘perm’ to hold the twist in), to a softer plush pile (where the fibres stand up straight) or a deeply sensuous shagpile. Cut pile carpets do show footprints more readily which can vacuum out.

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Shading does not affect the wear or durability of the carpet and is not recognised as a manufacturing flaw or defect. It is very important that you understand this characteristic before you buy a cut pile carpet.

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