Cut Pile And Loop Pile Carpet

pile carpetsSeveral different pile carpets make it challenging to recall the names and specifics of each. Here are two firms to be aware of: cut pile and loop pile when it comes down. We’re here to assist you in distinguishing between the two and selecting the best look for you.

Cut Pile Carpets

The loops are cut at the top in cut pile carpets, leaving tufts of yarn that stand straight up. The cut pile has a more luxurious, formal look than the loop pile.

Popular Cut Styles Include:

  • Velvet/ Plush carpets, which are smooth, soft, and elegant, are best used for formal areas. Hence, the carpet pile is cut several times to create a velvety sheen, showing every footmark.
  • Saxony carpets are equal to velvet but not relatively as smooth.
  • Freeze/twist carpets have tightly twined fibres that coil slightly at the pile surface. Indeed, they hide footprints and vacuum marks, making them suitable for high-traffic areas.

Loop Pile Carpets

These carpets are made of strands of yarn pulled through the carpet backing twice to create a small loop. Loops can be of the same height (level loop pile) or two or three different sizes to form a pattern (multi-level or modulated loop pile). Suit the carpets with short-level loop piles to high-traffic areas and are comparatively easy to maintain. A multi-level loop pile gives a more textured appearance and has become increasingly popular.

Indeed, a loop pile tends to give a more casual look and is less susceptible to footprint marks and shading (the appearance of irregular light and dark areas) than cut-pile carpets.

Popular loop styles include:

  • Berber carpets have thick yarns tufted into chunky loop tufts. They’re usually in earth tones with a ‘flecked’ appearance, excellent for hiding stains.
  • Sisal-style/cord carpets have tighter loops than Berbers, creating a stiffer feel. The loop lines can be either all the same height or alternating heights. These carpets are suitable for high-traffic areas.

What Is Carpet Pile, Exactly?

Subsequently, the mound of a carpet is the top layer, which you see and feel regularly. The carpet’s pile determines whether fibres were clipped or left in their looped state during the weaving process. The rise of your carpet significantly impacts its appearance, comfort, longevity, and ease of maintenance.

Combination Cut And Loop Pile Carpet

These carpets combine cut and looped yarns and can create sculptured effects such as squares, swirls, etc. This effect is good for hiding dirt and footprints. Indeed, Auckland Carpet Steam n Dry works with high carpet cleaning standards recommended by manufacturers, CRI and AS/NZS 3733:1995 Cleaning maintenance of residential and commercial carpeting.


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Last updated 22/12/2023 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens

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