02 Aug WHO’S REMAKING THE FUTURE OF CARPETING AND CARPETMAKING?
Turn to carpeting keynote speakers and futurists and you’d hear quite a bit about all the new future trends and technology innovations happening in the space. In fact, many might have much to point out about new fabrics, new installation techniques, and new carpet installation providers. But for your average everyday shopper, who’s to say that it’s apparent exactly which service providers will be impacted by all these transitions – and will have the ability to bring such future trends to bear? All told, as carpeting keynote speakers and futurists, we thought therefore it might make sense to run down some industry basics before getting deeper into new events happening in the field. For the moment, let’s talk about some of the different types of carpet that are available these days before we tackle more in later posts.
- Cut Pile – Yarn loops are cut at the ends to create a soft, plush surface. Varieties include velvet, frieze, saxony, etc. based on pile height and density.
- Loop Pile – Yarn loops are uncut, creating a durable carpet with a knitted appearance. Berber is a common type of loop pile carpet.
- Textured – Combines loop pile and cut pile for added depth and texture. Examples include trackless and multi-level loop your favorite carpeting keynote speakers and futurists would tell you.
- Patterned – Visible designs created by varying the pile height in different areas using cutting or dyeing techniques.
- Printed – Colors and patterns added to the carpet surface with printing methods rather than different yarn types.
- Woven – Primary backing woven on a loom before tufting or weaving additional layers for the pile surface. Carpeting keynote speakers and futurists say it’s very durable.
- Needlepunch – Fibers bonded together using thousands of needles punching through a fiber mesh, no backing required.
- Flatweave – Yarns woven tightly to create a flat, solid surface with no pile. Kilim, dhurrie and braided rugs are examples.
- Grasscloth – Tightly woven natural fiber carpet made from sisal, sea grass, or other natural grasses, per carpeting keynote speakers and futurists.
- Sustainable – Carpets using recycled content, natural fibers, low VOC backing to meet various green standards.
- Custom – Carpeting fabricated to meet specific size, color, pattern, and installation needs.
The construction, fiber type, density, pile height and other factors differentiate the wide range of carpeting options.