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  • The Basics of Style

    Tufted carpet falls into one of three construction types:

    • Cut Pile
    • Loop Pile
    • Cut & Loop Pile

    Cut Pile

    Carpet loops have been cut to create individual, upstanding tips, creating a luxurious look and feel. Cut pile carpets are available in a wide range of qualities and finishes, from dense, rich velvets to textured Saxony that minimize footprints. The variety of cut pile styles makes these carpets suitable for virtually any area in the home.

    Loop Pile

    This construction the loops are not cut or sheared, but the loops themselves form the surface of the carpet. Multi-level loops and the increasingly popular Berbers offer exciting design alternatives to cut piles. As a rule, loop pile carpets are very durable and well suited to high traffic areas.

    Cut & Loop Pile

    These carpets combine cut pile and loop pile constructions to create various design effects. Available in solid and multi-colorations, these styles can offer very striking patterns or subtle tracery designs. Cut and loop multi-colorations with prominent random patterns have excellent soil-hiding properties. More subtle and less defined cut and loop versions called traceries or carved Saxony are often used in formal settings. Traceries can closely resemble solid color Saxony styles with only a suggestion of pattern.


    Fiber Types

    Most residential carpet today is made from one of the following five fibers or a blend of them.

    Nylon is the most commonly used carpet fiber due to its durability and resiliency. Nylon is the most inherently soil resistant. All residential quality nylons are further treated for added stain and soil resistance.

    Smartstrand with DuPont Sorona fiber. these carpets are manufactured with ingredients made from corn sugar, a renewable resource, instead of petroleum. This results in environmental benefits with no compromise on performance.

    Engineered in stain protection, excellent colorfastness, natural softness, & exceptional wearability, make this fiber a new and exciting alternative to nylon.

    Polyester is an exceptionally soft fiber that provides great color clarity. The fiber is inherently stain and fade resistant and is less expensive than nylon.

    Polypropylene (Olefin) is the fastest growing carpet fiber because it is extremely resistant to stains, fading, and moisture. Polypropylene's lower price offers excellent value in a carpet.

    Wool is the original carpet fiber and is still used because of its luxury and natural beauty. Expensive compared to synthetic fibers, wool provides only moderate resistance to soil and staining.

    Carpet Characteristics

    Three carpet construction characteristics are as equally essential to product performance as the carpet's style and the fiber used. They are: face weight, fiber density and yarn twist. By understanding and relating these three components, you can very quickly determine carpet selections that will meet your particular requirements.

    Face Weights of Fibers

    Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber in a square yard of carpet. All other things being equal, the higher the face weight of a carpet, the better.

    Face weight
    is measured as tufted pile yarn weight according to the ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) method D-418. Due to several processes involved in manufacturing, such as shearing, the actual finished weight may reflect a variance of up to 7%. The weight is determined, compensating for the factor of commercial moisture regain, as defined in ASTM D-1909. The ASTM measurements are accepted industry norms and the most accurate means of determining face weight.

    Fiber Density
    Density is how tightly carpet fiber or yarn is packed together and bound into the carpet backing. Higher density affects the appearance of the carpet and provides greater comfort and luxury underfoot.

    is evaluated in accordance with the federal government standard Use of Materials Bulletin UM 44D (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

    Twist/Tuft Bind (Yarn Twist)
    Twist is the number of times fiber strands are twisted together in a one-inch length of carpet yarn. Twist affects the texture and look of cut pile carpet. In general, the tighter the twist the more durable the carpet. Loop pile styles have closed loops, so twist is not a major factor. Rather, tuft bind is a consideration. Tuft bind is the relative strength of the attachment of the yarn loops to the backing of the carpet. The higher the number the better.

    is measured in accordance with test method D-1423 set by the American Society for Testing Materials, while tuft bind is tested by the ASTM method D-1335.

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  • Final Note on Padding and Installation

Make sure you include a good carpet pad with your carpet. It will add to the carpet's life and greatly improve the comfort of walking on your flooring. Thin, firm pads generally perform better than thick, soft cushion. Recommended pads include rebond cushion with a minimum of 8 lb. density, and a maximum thickness of 1/2". Rebond is adequate for most carpet styles, but should not be used under Berbers. Commercial carpets work well utilizing "felt" type pads. An upgrade cushion, made from "Memory Foam" carries a "Life of the House" warranty and "Spillguard Protection" will improve carpet resilience and comfort.

    How To Prepare For Carpet Installation

    The following is a list of items you should be aware of prior to the start of the carpet installation. It is important that you, the occupant be aware that many factors play a roll in the success of your installation process.

    FURNITURE MOVING: Disconnect and move any electronic equipment, e.g. Computers, phones, etc. . . Clear desktops and tables, empty or remove all drawers from desks, cabinets and such. Empty all bookcases and storage cabinets. Remove all valuables and breakables to a secure location. Eyedeal WILL NOT MOVE, safes, aquariums, marble or slate furniture. We do not take apart partitions, desks, or any other furniture to move it. Should you have items that need to be taken apart, you should arrange to have this done PRIOR to our installers arriving. Installers are not required to arrange items to an exact location.

    WIRING: Any wiring needs to be moved out of the way. Installers use care but are not responsible for damage to sensors or wiring during the installation.

    CONCEALED DAMAGE: Concealed damage to the sub floor may exist and may/could not be detected at the time of the initial measurelnent. If additional labor and or material is necessary to complete the work correctly, it wili be discussed with the customer before any additional work is performed.

    PAINT AND WALL REPAIRS: Normal installation may cause scuffing of walls and or baseboards. We are NOT responsible for any touch up painting of any kind.

    DUST AND DIRT: The construction environment can get dusty. Installers are not responsible for cleaning the surface areas of dust.

    SEAMS: Location of seams are determined by the installer. Seams are not invisible and the customer should not expect such. SEAMS MAY BE VISIBLE.

    DOOR CUTTNG: Customers responsibility.

    BATHROOM FACILITIES: State law requires a bathroom facility be made available to an employee doing work on location.


  • - Shaw

    Shaw is the world's largest producer of carpets, with many styles of loops, patterns, textures, and twists. Explore our exclusive collections.

  • - Mohawk

    At Mohawk we know that quality has no substitute, and our unmatched product performance has made us a global leader in the flooring industry. The Mohawk brand symbolizes products that consistently outperform the competition.

  • - Royalty

    Choosing carpet is an investment that will most likely last longer than any other design changes in your home, and is still the floor covering of choice for the majority of American consumers.

  • - Camelot

    Choosing carpet is an investment that will most likely last longer than any other design changes in your home, and is still the floor covering of choice for the majority of American consumers.

  • - Aladdin

    Aladdin Carpet has been serving the Washington Metro Area since 1986, providing unprecedented service, value, and a large product selection at guaranteed lowest prices.


  • Carpet as low as $6.99 per square yard.

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