Your Guide to the Different Carpet Types

Your Guide to the Different Carpet Types

Is it time to replace your carpet? Living with an old and outdated carpet can make a room feel dated.

If you don't know what carpet types are available, or it overwhelms you just thinking about it, this guide is for you.

We'll break down the different types of carpets to give you a better understanding and help you make your decision.

Read on to learn more.

Types of Carpet

Choosing a carpet might be a more difficult decision than you may think. First, you have to decide if you want a loop pile carpet or a cut pile carpet.

Let's take a look at the difference between the two:

Loop Pile Carpets

Loop pile carpets are exactly how they sound. Also called Berber, a loop carpet is characterized by the short loops on the surface.

You can get this type of carpet with short-loops or multi-level loops.

Cut Pile Carpets

Unlike loop carpets, the tops of the cut carpet don't loop around. This type of carpet feels denser and fluffier than the loop carpet.

The tips can either be cut evenly or you can get cut carpets with multi-level fibers.


A third option for fiber styles is cut-loop carpets, which combine both. These carpets come in a variety of designs that can be used in formal or more modern spaces.

The loop and cut fibers create a plush and multicolored effect giving the carpet more dimension.

This type of carpet also hides dirt and stains better.

Carpet Fibers

Once you've decided the type of carpet style you want to have in your home, you'll still have to decide on the type of fiber, as there are many options available.


Nylon carpets are the most popular carpets in the U.S. because they come in a variety of colors.

These fibers are also more durable and resistant than other carpets. However, they must be treated if you want them to against stains.

The downside of nylon is it tends to fade over time if it's exposed to too much sun.


Olefin fibers don't last as long as nylon, but these fibers are less likely to fade with sun exposure. These fibers are resistant to mildew and mold.

You won't like the feeling of olefin fibers under your feet as they tend to be quite harsh.


Wool is one of the best quality fiber, but it's also the most expensive. Since its all natural, wool feels soft under your feet and it's durable and stain resistant.

However, it does fade under direct sunlight.


If you want to go the economic route, polyester is the way to go. However, this material is not suited for high-traffic places.


Acrylic fibers feel like imitation wool and provide resistance to mold and mildew.


If you want the best quality of all the different fibers, blend carpets are the way to go.

Carpet Types Wrap Up

We hope you now have a better understanding of all the carpet types out there. Pick the one that will better accommodate your needs.