Published on 20 May 2024

how to choose carpet?

Choosing new carpet for your home is an exciting but daunting task. With so many options available in terms of materials, textures, colours, and styles, it can be overwhelming to narrow down the choices. However, with a little guidance and knowledge, you can find the perfect carpet that not only looks great but also meets your practical needs and lifestyle.

Understanding Carpet Types

When it comes to choosing the right carpet for your home, understanding the different types available is crucial. Carpets can be broadly categorised into three main types: cut pile, loop pile, and cut and loop pile. Each type offers unique characteristics, textures, and levels of durability, making them suitable for different areas of your home.

1. Cut Pile Carpet

Cut pile carpets are made by cutting the yarn loops, producing an upright pile that is soft and inviting. This type of carpet includes several sub-categories:

  • Saxony: Saxony carpets have a smooth, uniform surface with a luxurious appearance. The tightly twisted yarn creates a velvety texture, making it an ideal choice for formal living rooms or bedrooms with light to moderate foot traffic.
  • Textured Saxony: Similar to Saxony, but with a less formal and more casual appearance. The two-tone effect is created by using different yarn colours, which helps to hide footprints and vacuum marks, making it a practical option for high-traffic areas.
  • Twist: Characterised by highly twisted fibres that curl, creating a durable and informal look. Twist pile carpets have a unique texture that can add depth and dimension to a room. They are particularly well-suited for busy households as they are excellent at hiding footprints and soil.
  • Plush: Plush carpets are known for their dense and velvety texture, providing a soft and comfortable underfoot feel. They are often used in bedrooms or formal living areas where a luxurious and cosy atmosphere is desired. However, they may show footprints and vacuum marks more easily than other cut pile styles.

2. Loop Pile Carpet

Loop pile carpets retain the yarn loops, offering durability and resistance to crushing, making them an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. This type of carpet includes the following styles:

  • Berber: Featuring thick loops of varying sizes, Berber carpets have a casual and comfortable feel. They are known for their excellent durability and resistance to crushing, making them suitable for high-traffic areas such as family rooms, hallways, and stairs.
  • Level Loop: As the name suggests, level loop carpets have uniform loops that create a smooth and durable surface. They are a practical choice for family rooms, offices, or any area that experiences moderate to heavy foot traffic.
  • Multi-Level Loop: These carpets feature varying loop heights, creating a textured pattern and adding visual interest. The combination of different loop heights not only adds depth and dimension but also enhances durability, making them a great option for high-traffic areas.

3. Cut and Loop Pile Carpet

Cut and loop pile carpets combine both cut and looped yarns, offering a unique blend of textures and patterns. These carpets strike a balance between durability and aesthetics, making them perfect for high-traffic areas where you want to incorporate a touch of design flair.

The cut pile areas provide a soft, plush feel, while the loop pile sections offer durability and resistance to crushing. This combination creates a distinctive appearance that can add depth and dimension to a room. Cut and loop pile carpets are available in a wide range of patterns and styles, from geometric designs to more intricate motifs, allowing you to customise the look to suit your personal taste and the overall decor of your home.

Choosing the Right Carpet Material


Polypropylene is the most popular carpet material due to its durability, resilience, and easy maintenance. It’s ideal for high-traffic areas and homes with pets and children. Nylon carpets are available in a wide range of colours and styles.


Nylon is moisture and stain-resistant, making it suitable for most areas in the house. While less durable than Polypropylene, its soft fibres and affordability make it a great option for low to moderate traffic areas.


Polyester is known for its luxurious look and feel. It’s stain-resistant and available in vibrant colours. However, like Nylon it’s less durable than Polypropylene and may not be suitable for high-traffic areas.


Wool twist carpets have always been a very sought after product, and are still the most popular choice of carpets in the United Kingdom. Wool is a natural, sustainable fibre that offers a luxurious feel and excellent durability. Whilst wool carpets are durable and less likely to be victims of crushing, they can be harder to keep clean due to the fact the fibres are natural and not synthetic.

5 foolproof considerations for your perfect carpet 

Choosing the right carpet is crucial for creating a comfortable and stylish living space. To ensure you make the best decision, consider these five foolproof factors that will guide you towards the perfect carpet for your home.

  1. Considering new underlay

Importance of Carpet underlay

Carpet underlay enhances comfort, extends the life of your carpet, and provides insulation and soundproofing. Choosing the right padding is crucial for performance and comfort.

Types of Carpet Padding

  • Foam: Available in various densities, foam underlay provides excellent comfort but may compress over time. Better versions of foam underlay will be more than acceptable to be fitted in lesser used areas of the house.
  • Fibre/Crumb: Made from natural fibres combined with the durable rubber crumb, it’s ideal for high-traffic areas due to its firmness. This type of underlay is a luxury product designed to be used with higher end carpets to prolong the life of the carpet.
  • Rubber Crumb: At Potters Carpets and Beds we are big advocates of Rubber crumb underlays due to their superior density properties. Treadaire crumb underlays offer superior durability and comfort to most other varieties of underlay making it suitable for high-end installations.
  1. Evaluating Carpet Quality


Carpet density refers to how closely the fibres are packed together. Higher density carpets are more durable and resistant to crushing.

Pile Weight

Pile weight measures the weight of the carpet pile per square yard. Higher pile weights generally indicate a more luxurious and durable carpet.

Twist Level

The twist level indicates how tightly the yarns are twisted. Higher twist levels improve durability and appearance retention.

Fibre Length

The length of the carpet fibres affects its appearance and performance. Longer fibres create a plush, luxurious feel, while shorter fibres offer better resilience and are easier to clean.

  1. Selecting the Right Color and Pattern


Choosing the right carpet colour involves considering the room’s purpose, lighting, and existing decor. Neutral colours are versatile and timeless, while bold colours can make a statement.


Patterns add visual interest and can hide stains and wear. Consider the scale and style of the pattern to complement your room’s design.

  1. Practical Considerations

Traffic Levels

High-traffic areas require durable carpets with good stain resistance and resilience. Loop pile and high-density cut pile carpets are ideal for these areas.


Consider the ease of cleaning and maintaining your carpet. Stain-resistant fibres and patterns that hide dirt and wear can reduce maintenance efforts.


Carpet prices vary widely based on material, style, and quality. Determine your budget and prioritise features that are most important for your needs.

  1. Environmental Impact

Sustainable Materials

Wool and some synthetic fibres like Triexta offer environmentally friendly options. Look for carpets made with recycled content or sustainable manufacturing processes.

Indoor Air Quality

Choose carpets with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions to improve indoor air quality. Certifications like Green Label Plus indicate low emissions.

Choose Potter’s Carpets and Beds today!

With an extensive collection of high-quality carpets, from plush and luxurious to durable and low-maintenance options, they have something to suit every style and need. Their team of expert carpet fitters ensures a flawless installation, giving you peace of mind. Don’t miss out on their free sample service, allowing you to experience the textures and colours firsthand before making your decision. Visit Potter’s Carpets and Beds today and let them transform your flooring dreams into reality!