If you’ve been out shopping for carpet you’ve likely heard the term ‘berber carpet’ during your shopping adventures. You’ve probably also heard the words ‘plush’, ‘frieze’, ‘textured’ and ‘loop’. Instead of puzzling these terms out on your own and trying to establish which style is best for you, we’ve decided to help you out.
A Brief History
Originally made in North Africa and the Sahara several millennia ago by the Berber tribe, natural fibers were dyed and then knotted together to make cloaks and rugs.
Is Berber Carpet Right For You?
We know that you want to choose something for your home that is stylish and budget friendly. Just as important, though, is choosing a carpet that is durable and suitable to your lifestyle. With that in mind, is Berber carpet the right choice for your home?
Berber carpet can be made with most available materials including wool, nylon, Triexta and olefin. Like any other carpet, the durability of a berber is contingent on the material used. What makes a berber more durable is it’s low pile loop construction.
Due to the many different materials berber carpet can be made out of, it is one of the most versatile and popular carpet styles available today. Combine that with tight, low pile knotted construction and the various colours and patterns it comes in, it’s no wonder berber carpet is an attractive option for your home or office.
You’ve decided on berber carpet. Now you need to know what to watch out for and how to maintain it.
We know that berber carpet is made from a knotted loop. We also know that pets have claws. And while it’s unlikely that your pet will get their claws snagged while running across your floor, if you have a cat who likes to sharpen their claws on your furniture, they may see your new carpet as a very attractive scratching post.
With a berber carpet you’ll want to avoid using a vacuum with a power head or a beater bar. If you’ve got a loose loop, a power head could very easily grab it, wrap it around the rotating bar and cause the loops to unravel. With this in mind,
it’s recommended that you bypass the beater bar attachment or turn off the beater bar on your vacuum.
Most berber carpets available today are treated with compounds to help avoid serious staining. However, you need to be mindful that there aren’t any magical stain treatments if stains are left unattended. Fluids have a tendency to sit on top of a berber carpet so, if caught quickly, can generally be blotted up.
Recent improvements to the style and material of berbers have seen berbers move out the basement, where they were commonly installed, and are now found in all areas of the house. Attractive, hard-wearing and easy to maintain, berber carpet is a great choice for all areas of the home.
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