Which Carpet Fiber Type is Right for You?

There are so many different carpet fiber types and factors that it can prove downright dizzying to consider them all at once. Having supplied a diverse array of carpets to households across Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, and the entire Chicagoland area for over 50 years, we understand how tricky it can be for people to select the right type, but we’ve also developed the experience and expertise to help you find the ideal option.

Fiber Materials

Carpet fibers are made from either natural or synthetic materials, and each type comes with its own unique characteristics:

  • Nylon: Extremely resistant to crushing and other damage, nylon is a strong fiber valued for high-traffic areas. It’s also very easy to clean, non-allergenic, and resistant to mildew, though it is prone to static.

  • Olefin: Also referred to as polypropylene, olefin is perfect for anywhere that’s likely to experience moisture. It boasts the look and feel of wool, and the fact that it is dyed before being made into fibers makes it colorfast. However, it can fade under direct sunlight.

  • Polyester: Remarkably stain-resistant and available in a wide range of textures, styles, and colors, polyester is another easy-to-clean, non-allergenic carpet fiber material, though it isn’t quite as durable as nylon.

  • Acrylic: Mirrors wool closer than any other synthetic, and it’s very easy to clean. As an added plus, it’s less likely than nylon or polyester to fade under bright sunlight.

  • Wool: Still the go-to option for those seeking upscale style and comfort, wool fibers are rich, deep, naturally stain-resistant, and tightly-packed enough to resist dirt. However, wool tends to be the most expensive fiber material.

Fiber Factors

Fiber materials are important, but there are a few other things that you’ll need to consider, including:

  • Ply Number: Fibers are spun together to create two-, three-, or four-ply yarn.

  • Pile: Denotes how high the fiber rises.

  • Density: Refers to how closely packed the fibers are.

  • Weight: Measured in ounces per square yard. Face weight is concerned only with fiber; total weight includes the backing and latex.

  • Texture: Fibers can be looped, twisted, or cut.

  • Twist: Refers to the number of times fibers turn along one inch of length.

Explore Carpet Fiber Types Further with Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs

People frequently ask us about carpet fiber types, and we’re more than willing to be of assistance. You can also check out our FAQ for more general questions. If you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.


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