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Carpet 101: Facts to know before you start shopping

Carpet adds both elegance and function to your home. While it’s fun to walk into a flooring store and see the wide assortment of styles, it’s also a bit overwhelming; let’s help you sort it all out.

At The Floor Source, we’re all about providing you with the most exceptional experience.

We have decades of experience and know that flooring is a big, if not the biggest, investment in your home, so you want to get it right. It's also an expression of your style, so we will speak to you extensively to learn about your taste, preferences, and lifestyle to match you up with the best flooring for you.

When you hire us, you get a team of experts who will walk you through your new flooring endeavor from planning to purchase to installation, and we use only the most cutting edge, innovative and environmentally friendly products.

Visit us in our showroom in Woods Cross, Utah. We also serve Bountiful, Salt Lake City, Centerville and Davis County. Be sure to ask about our quotes.

Updated colors and trending patterns

We recently attended the International Surface Event, the largest floor covering show, and the industry marketplace for buyers, specifiers, and influencers to gain design inspiration.

We saw expanded carpet color palettes, from trending neutrals to today’s popular bold, vibrant hues.

Technology plays a big part; patterns are now created with 3-D printing. That means the pattern goes all the way through the fiber instead of just sitting at the top, resulting in an intense design that doesn’t fade.

Talk to your flooring retailer to find the best style for you.
Luxury carpet in Bountiful, UT from The Floor Source

Know about fibers

There are four basics: All-natural Wool; nylon; polyester and olefin. You also have silk and blends and relative newcomer, Triexta, which has stain resistance built right into the fiber.

Other things to know:

  1. High pile means long, loose fibers, much like the shag or frieze. Low piles are short, tightly woven (usually looped) styles like Berber.
  2. Density, not weight, determines quality. That’s how closely the fibers are woven together. You can see it on a sample card when you bend it back.
  3. Stain and soil resistance are not the same thing. Stains occur when a spilled substance, like red wine or mustard, gets into a fiber dye lot and changes the appearance. Soil is residue and can be vacuumed away.