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Carpets & Rugs

Carpet has long since been a focal point in a home and some people choose a carpet before deciding on the wallpaper and furniture they will have in certain rooms. The right carpet can transform the look of your home as well as providing a functional and decorative environment.

When it comes to choosing that perfect carpet there are a number of things to consider, such as how often you use the room, the type of carpet fibre you want, and the style and colour that will suit the room best. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has a five-point scale for carpet durability and recommends a 4 or 5 rating for highly used areas like lounges and hallways, and a 2 or 3 rating for less used areas, such as bedrooms.

There are five basic types of fibres used in carpets, and these are nylon, polypropylene, polyester, acrylic, blends and wool. All carpets are made up of a top layer, called the face pile, and a backing. The most expensive part of the carpet is the face-pile fibres, so the heavier the weight, the more it will cost.

Along with different carpet fibres there are also different types of carpet construction including level loop, which are loops of equal height, multilevel loop pile, which are two or three different loop heights, cut-pile, which are loops cut to create various surface finishes, and cut-and-loop pile, which are a combination of cut and looped yarns and are often referred to as plush or velvet carpets.

If you have a real wood or laminate floor, you might want to invest in a rug that will give your room a more homely feel. You can choose from a small square rug that lies across the length of the fireplace, or a larger rug that takes up most of the room. Whichever you choose, you will find that rugs are made in much the same way as carpets and that you can choose from different fibres, colours, patterns and rug construction.

There are many advantages to having a carpet instead of wooden or stone flooring including, adding warmth to a room, being comfortable to walk on, and being value for money. If you choose to buy a carpet then it is worth considering how you will keep it clean once it is installed. The best carpet cleaning options is to vacuum the carpet on a regular basis and then have it professionally shampooed on a six-month or annual basis.

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