What style of carpet is right for me?

Finding the right carpeting is a matter of understanding your lifestyle and knowing the room’s challenges and priorities. You’re in luck because this floor covering has so many styles, textures, patterns, designs, and colors; there's something for everyone and every budget. Just be sure you select the one that's right for you and not the one you fell in love with at your neighbor's home because what may look great at your neighbor's may not be suitable for you.

Before you even walk into the carpet store

Have a conversation with yourself. Is your family large and active with kids and pets?  Are there any special requirements, such as hypoallergenic, extra durability and stain resistance, pet-friendly, eco-friendly, etc.? What's the room's foot traffic level?

Carpet anatomy

All rugs start with a looped pile. (Pile refers to how the fibers are attached to the backing.)  They either remain that way, such as the Berber or Level Loop, which are both highly durable, or are cut into piles of various heights. These include:

1.  Basic cut-pile: This rug works with short, even fibers with the ends exposed in all foot traffic levels.

2.  Saxony:  A basic cut pile with slightly longer yarns, this is available in two textures.  Saxony Plush has a soft, luxurious feel, but it will show footprints and vacuum marks, so you might want to keep it in low-traffic rooms. Saxony Texture has fibers that go in all directions to avoid leaving marks; it works for rooms with all traffic levels.

3.  Shag: With long, loose fibers available in a wide choice of solid and multi-colors, these are best for bedrooms and other low-traffic rooms.

4.  Frieze las long-ish fibers that are so tightly twisted they curl. This rug is durable enough for high traffic.

5.  Low pile:  With short, tightly woven yarns, durable and ultra-easy to care for.

6.  Cut and loop. Fibers of various lengths create patterns; suitable for all traffic levels.

We have a large inventory of carpet flooring, with fibers including SmartStrand, PureColor Ⓡ , and Primus Durasoft, with brands like Karastan, Mohawk, Lexmark, Fabrica, and more. So come into the Alpha Rug Expo showroom in Alpharetta, GA, convenient to Milton, Roswell, Johns Creek, and Atlanta. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.