Berber carpet is one of the most popular carpet types for two primary reasons: its durability and stain resistance.
The term Berber carpet is most commonly used to describe any loop style carpeting. A Berber loop pile is created by alternating big and small tufts. The tight weave created by the tufts make it difficult for stains to penetrate. Virtually all westernized Berber carpet is machine-made but still maintains a handcrafted look.
Berber’s handcrafted appearance actually derives from traditional hand-woven carpets of the Berber people of Northern Africa. The Berbers used natural fibers to create cloaks, rugs, and other fabrics. Today, handmade and homemade Berber carpets are still made in rural areas of Berber countries.
Berber carpets are also characterized by having small flecks of darker colors on lighter shades to resemble the shading of the original carpets.
Another benefit of Berber carpet is its affordability. Nylon and olefin Berber are the less expensive options. However, both materials have a rougher surface than wool Berber, which tends to be a more comfortable material. Choosing a smaller loop pattern will allow the carpet to last longer. Nylon Berber carpet with small loops can be a good option for people looking for both affordability and durability.
One downside of Berber carpeting is that the loops can develop snags, which make for tripping hazards. Consider this risk if you have children or elderly people living at your home.
Floor Coverings International Winter Garden offers a variety of Berber carpets. Our design associates are trained to evaluate your space and help choose the right color, texture, and style. Our installation team will make sure all details are accounted for, like seam placement, which can be a bit tricky with a self-installation.
Floor Coverings International Winter Garden would love to help you find a carpet that fits your needs and budget. We proudly serve residents of the Orlando, Winter Garden, Windermere FL areas.
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