When replacing and upgrading the carpet in your home, there’s a wide variety of kinds to choose from. One of those many choices is frieze—so let’s get into the different details of this beautiful carpeting.

What is frieze carpet?
Frieze, also referred to as twist, is a very popular style of carpet today. Frieze is essentially the modern version of the old shag carpet, due to its knobby appearance, from the 60’s and 70’s. Its appearance is unique but clean. It’s often multi-colored but it can also be a solid color. Its tight twists make it more durable than some other carpet styles.

Pros

Frieze carpet

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Durability
This type of carpet is very durable. By definition, frieze carpets have high twists. This is a positive for durability because it means the carpet is less likely to fray overtime. Friezes are also perfect for high traffic areas. Its twisted fibers flop in a lackluster manner, which easily conceals dirt, stains and footprints. This durable carpet offers a long life that requires little maintenance and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Hides Dirt and Seams
No matter how much you’d like to keep up on cleaning your house, it isn’t going to happen as consistently as you’d like but frieze gives you help by hiding dirt. The thick curly nature of the fiber and the speckled (usually) color doesn’t show dirt as much as some other carpets. Frieze carpet’s natural clean appearance and its speckled style further conceals dirt and stains. They also minimize footprints and vacuum marks.

Another advantage is that the fibers are perfect for hiding seams. If your room is wider than the width of the carpet (standard widths are 12’ to 15’), you will require a seam. This can sometimes give the appearance of a line through your carpet. Friezes seam together beautifully, usually leaving no visible trace of the seam. They are also great for stairs and hallways with railing posts. They hide the seams where the carpet has been cut around the posts and hide the staples on stairs extremely well.

Soft and Comfortable
Friezes are usually pretty soft and comfortable to walk on. This is due to their long and loose construction, as well as the fact that many modern carpets feature new softer fibers. Its thick, plush material makes it extra desirable during the winter season—both for its comfort and heat saving qualities.

Insulating
The high-quality construction leads to a dense carpet. This gives your home nice, natural insulation, which provides dual benefits. It dampens sound, so your home doesn’t have a hollow echoing noise, and it theoretically lowers utility bills by letting less of the outside temperature penetrate through your floor board.

Trendy
Frieze is quickly becoming what shag was to the 70’s and Berber was to the 90’s: the trendy carpet. It has unique style that looks formal yet fun. If you want to stay on top of home fashion, frieze should be your choice.

Frieze carpet

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Considerations

Not the Lowest Cost
Everyone’s on a budget, but if cost is your number one concern, frieze won’t be your top choice. It’s not that this carpet is the most expensive; it actually can be purchased fairly inexpensively. However, it requires special manufacturing to create its durability and unique style. This comes at a cost that’s a little more than your standard carpet.

Difficult to Clean
One drawback to friezes is that they can be difficult to clean, with tighter, shorter piles, spills tend to sit on top of the carpet and remove the carpet stain. Since frieze fibers are long and loose, the spill is free to run everywhere, making it much more difficult to tackle.

Now that we’ve broken down all the facts of frieze carpet, it should be clear to decide whether this is the ideal carpet for your home or not. Make sure you stop by one of our 14 locations to see frieze carpeting in person!


At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

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