Is The Thicker Carpet a Better Carpet?
The simple answer to this is no but if I just said that it would not be much of a good read, so I will explain what the better quality is and what the differences are in all the carpets.
The biggest difference in qualities is the part you don’t see, the backing.
Hessian back carpets are much stronger than felt back carpets this makes them the ideal choice for any areas that get heavy use.
This is because hessian backing is made up of hundreds of individual fibres running the length and the width of the carpet and if you have ever tried to just pull a fibre you will know it is hard to break.
Felt back carpet has a softer touch and feel to it making it ideal if you don’t want or have underlay but it is a sheet of felt so it can rip and tear much easier than hessian back carpets.
But for the part of the carpet you do see there is a multitude of different aspects that define the quality.
- Twist or Loop pile
- Tightness of twist
- The yarn that has been used
- The material that has been used to create the carpet
These are just a few and I will explain some of them now, but others require a post of their own.
In its most basic form is how much carpet can you get in a selected area of space, this means closer together tufts and how many pieces of yarn are twisted together to make these tufts.
This mostly affects the twist pile carpets so I will give examples for a twist pile carpet. Our tuftex range has a medium density, it has 2 different yarns twisted together and the tufts are fairly close together.
Comparing to our satisfaction range, this carpet has a high density by placing all the tufts closer together. This carpet still has 2 different yarns twisted together but these are twisted more tightly to allow more tufts to get closer.
Twist or Loop Pile
Loop pile carpets are incredibly strong compared to twist pile carpets because of their construction, when a twist pile is made it starts as an exaggerated loop pile and then the tops get cut off to make the tufts individual. Loop pile carpets do not go through this cutting process so they have the same pattern as sewing a string in fabric, having that endless string along the length of the carpet is much stronger and harder wearing than individual tufts.
However, having the individual tufts gives a much softer and more comfortable feel to your feet, as they have less restrictions on moving around to make space for your feet, loop pile carpets do not have this benefit.
Tightness of twist
As I mentioned earlier when a carpet is made strands of yarn are twisted together to make the tufts. To make a strong carpet the yarns can be twisted to different levels but a balance has to be taken into consideration, the more you twist a carpet the more durable it will be but less comfortable underfoot.
If not twisted enough the carpet will not be as durable but it will be very soft underfoot
Here I have explained a few of the most important features to look for in a new carpet.
If you are ever unsure please ask us in store, we are only human.
Happy carpet hunting
Mark and The Team