CHOOSING THE RIGHT CARPET 

Carpet is the most versatile flooring as it comes in many different designs, constructions and colours. How to choose the best carpet when there are so many options? Below you will find some tips & tricks that may help in making the best decision.

FIBRE TYPE

Tufted carpets are made from different fibre types, both natural and synthetic. The fibre type largely determines the appearance, texture and performance of a carpet and it is therefore important to distinguish the different options: 

WOOL 
- wool is a natural fibre from sheep and is both renewable and sustainable. 
- the fibre structure is strong and hard-wearing and provides natural protection to help resist staining and soiling. It is also naturally flame retardant. 
- wool carpets have a natural and soft luxurious feel. 

WOOL BLENDS 
- most wool blends by Edel Group are 50% wool and 50% polypropylene. 
- wool blends offer good value for money, combining the durability from polypropylene with the natural appearance and luxurious feel of wool. 

POLYAMIDE 
- polyamide is a synthetic fibre with excellent performance characteristics. 
- polyamide has a luxurious look and soft feel. 
- polyamide has a reduced soil adherence and is heat and wear resistant, making polyamide carpets exceptionally hard-wearing and highly durable. 

Compared to polyamide 6, polyamide 6.6 has a softer feel and even better performance characteristics.

POLYPROPYLENE 
- polypropylene is a relatively inexpensive synthetic fibre, offering value for money. 
- polypropylene is stain, moisture and UV resistant. When polypropylene is solution dyed, it is also colour fast. 

CONSTRUCTION

Tufted carpets come in different styles which are explained below: 

CUT PILE
Cut pile carpets are manufactured by cutting the yarn loops, producing an upright pile. 

FRISÉ
A cut pile carpet with a lively appearance due to the twisted fibres. 

LOOP PILE
A carpet where the loops remain uncut is a loop pile carpet. The loops can be either level or high-low. A high-low loop pile, with loops of various heights in a random or sequenced design, is used to create textures or patterns. 

CUT AND LOOP PILE
When tip shearing only part of the loops, a stylish finish is created with a soft feel and a range of patterns created by a combination of a loop and cut pile. 

CARPET COLOURS

Choosing the right colour can be difficult, as a colour changes the look and feel of a room. Carpet is available in many different colours. Here are some tips to help you choose the best colour carpet: 

NEUTRALS 
Neutrals such as beige and grey tones are colours that go well with any colour scheme. 

BRIGHT COLOURS
Bright colours such as reds and blues lift a floor and make a statement. 

DARK OR LIGHT 
Darker colours can make a room appear smaller, whereas lighter colours on the floor make a room appear brighter and larger. 

SOILING
Darker, multi-coloured and patterned carpets are especially effective at hiding soiling. 

COLOUR PALETTE
Polyamides come in a large array of colours, whereas wool carpets are often available in more neutral tones. Solution dyed polypropylene comes in a more limited colour palette.