How to Choose the Best Carpet for Your Home
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How to Choose the Best Carpet for Your Home

Choosing the right carpet can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know the difference between materials and pile types. This guide will help unpack the different options and help you make informed decisions about your carpets.


Carpets can be synthetic, natural, or a mix of the two. Synthetic carpets are generally mould resistant and cheaper, but don't last as long. Natural carpets tend to cost more and can attract insects, but are more hard-wearing.

By mixing these fibres, you can benefit from qualities of both kinds.

Synthetic materials


Polyester is popular because it looks and feels like wool. It can be a sustainable option, as it can be made from recycled plastic.


Also known as polyamide, nylon is robust and doesn't flatten easily. It's also easy to clean, because of how stain resistant it is.


Polypropylene fibre carpets are easy to maintain, making them the perfect choice in children’s rooms or dining rooms where the carpets may be subjected to unexpected spills.

Natural materials


Wool is a soft, sustainable option. It naturally insulates against cold and noise, while being resistant to fire. It can be pricey, but this cost can be reduced by buying a blend of wool and a synthetic fibre.


Sisal carpet can be recognised by its distinct rough texture. This plant-based carpet can be very robust.


Carpets can be woven or tufted. You may have your own preference about the aesthetic of each kind, but they have different features, too.

Tufted carpets

The most common kind of carpet in the UK, tufted carpet can be sorted into two main categories – cut carpets and loop carpets. Loop carpets have fibres that loop back into the backing material, but cut carpets have fibres that are cut at the top. You can also get cut and loop carpets, which are a combination of both types. The contrast between the two carpet types can be used to create patterns.

The twist in cut pile carpets hides dirt well and makes them very durable. Modern cut pile carpets are very soft and can be used throughout the house.

Loop pile is suited to heavy traffic areas, but not good for pets as their claws can snag in the loops. It can also be difficult to clean, as breaking a loop can cause a run.

Woven carpets

Woven carpets tend to be more expensive as they require more work to make them. However, they are very durable and retain their colour well.

Wilton & Axminster carpets are woven on looms with both the face/pile fibres intertwined with their backing fibres.

Take care of your carpet with a professional cleaner

Whichever carpet you choose, professional cleaning can keep it fresh, clean and looking at its best – not to mention maximising its lifespan.

The National Carpet Cleaning Association (NCCA) has a directory of accredited carpet cleaners throughout the UK. Our members have to meet high standards of insurance and training, ensuring they're the best in the business.

Find carpet cleaners in your area through our online directory.

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