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High-Pile or Low-Pile? Cut Or Loop?

There are many things to consider when choosing a carpet for your home. This article will delve into the difference between High and Low Pile carpets and Cut and Loop Pile carpets to help you decide which style is best for your home.

The Carpet Pile

The pile refers to the loops of fabric within a carpet. It is the surface layer that you see and feel beneath your feet every day. You can have Low Pile Carpets where the surface consists of shorter fibres, or High Pile Carpets, with longer, taller fibres.

But which one is right for you? Well, both have their pros and cons. High Pile Carpets tend to offer a more warm and cosy atmosphere. High-Pile Carpet is also less likely to flatten, giving it a point of longevity against Low-Pile Carpet. So If you're looking for a comfortable home feel that withstands the test of time, High-Pile Carpet might be for you.

On the other hand, Low-Pile Carpets have their benefits too. Low-Pile Carpets are much easier to clean due to their flatter surface, and this can save a lot of time and energy if you have kids in the house who love making a mess. For allergy sufferers, the Low-Pile Carpet will benefit you greatly, as it will help prevent allergens from getting into the surface of your carpet. The flatter surface also makes moving things like furniture across the floor easier. If you're looking for a low-maintenance carpet to withstand the daily dilemmas, look no further than Low-Pile Carpet.

High pile carpet and Low pile carpet comparison

While High-Pile Carpet provides more comfort and an authentic home feel, Low-Pile Carpet is best for convenience and allergy sufferers.

Cut Pile Carpet VS Loop Pile Carpet

Now that you know the difference between Low and High Pile carpets, it's time we explained Cut and Loop Pile carpets. Once again, both have their pros and cons, and there is no right or wrong answer, only your preference. So let's get into it.

Cut Pile Carpet

With cut pile carpet, the clue is in the name. When creating cut pile carpets, the fibres get cut. This results in an upright pile, with the ends of the carpet fibres exposed. In order to avoid matting and crushing, the cut pile carpet contains a twist that helps it stand upright, which is just one of the benefits of cut pile carpets.

Having cut pile doesn't limit you to a specific design. You can choose from a wide variety of lengths, thicknesses and colours. Another benefit of cut pile carpet against loop pile is the comfort and softness under your feet. However, cut pile can be a lot harder to maintain and clean. This is because dirt and liquids can get into the cut fibres and spread throughout the carpet.

These carpets are usually made from wool or polyester and are great for most areas of your house (as long as you don't have too many messy guests).

picture of cut pile carpet

Cut pile carpet is comfortable underfoot and contains a twist to help avoid matting and crushing. However, it is harder to clean than loop pile carpet.

Loop Pile Carpet

Loop pile means that the fibres get left as loops. The loops can be all sorts of different weights, thicknesses and colours and are typically made from wool, nylon or olefin.

The most prominent benefit of loop pile carpets is their ability to withstand high foot traffic. This makes loop pile carpet a great choice for hallways and stairs. Furthermore, loop pile carpet doesn't show the tracks from foot traffic, vacuum cleaners or chairs. However, this also means that the fibres tend to get pulled loose, which may make the carpet look untidy but will not affect its lifespan.

picture of loop pile carpet

Loop pile carpets are durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic, making them the best choice for areas like the hallway and stairs.

Cut & Loop Pile Carpet

Although a lot less common choice, cut & loop pile carpet is usually used purely for aesthetics. It includes a unique pattern layout made from cut pile and loop pile fibres. It is not recommended for high-traffic areas as it will quickly lose its desirable look.

picture of cut and loop pile carpet

Although it is the least popular style, cut & loop pile carpet can add a great deal to your room when implemented correctly.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading. We hope this has given you a deeper insight into carpet types and the benefits and drawbacks of each. So when choosing a carpet for yourself, you have all the information you need.

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Read our other blogs on carpet recycling and how you can sustainably dispose of your old carpets.

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