All About Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet is a style of carpet that consists of multiple small loops that are not cut, but rather woven together. The origin of Berber carpet has been traced back to the Paleolithic era (also known as the Stone Age) and is actually named after the “Berber Tribe” of North Africa. The tribe crafted hand-woven rugs and clothing with cloth and natural fabrics. Their rugs featured a distinctive knot texture that is still used today and gives the now-industrialized carpet the appearance of a hand-crafted carpet. Today, Berber carpet is one of the most popular flooring choices in homes and offices due to a number of factors.

Shaw Smart Thinking Berber Loop Carpet in Alabaster available at Avalon Flooring

Berber Carpet is Relatively Low Cost

It is generally less expensive than traditional pile carpet styles and is often seen as a great value. This means you can add a beautiful, aesthetic look to your home without having to put a significant dent in the bank account.  However, it is important to note that the price range can still vary when looking at the different types of materials the berber carpet is constructed with. For example, wool is going to cost more than a nylon or olefin fiber.

Berber Carpet Comes in a Variety of Materials

All Berber carpets are made using a rugged looped pile that runs in parallel lines. The loops range in size from tight to loose. The biggest difference in the carpets is the fibers used to make it. The majority of Berber carpeting is made of one of three different fibers, or a blend. The fibers used determine the price, durability and stain resistance of the carpet. In short, Olefin is the most common fabric found in Berber carpeting. Blends of nylon and olefin are also common, although pure nylon and pure wool are both harder to find and more expensive.

Berber is Durable

Berber carpet is incredibly durable. The main reason for this is because looped fiber tends to be much stronger than cut fiber.

Berber is a Low Maintenance Carpet

As with any carpet, it is recommended that you use a low-moisture or dry cleaning process every 6-12 months to keep it clean, and to ensure furniture and foot traffic do not cause permanent indentations. Beyond that, simple vacuuming will keep your Berber carpet clean.

Modern Berber carpets are now being used for more than just basements, schools, and office spaces. With great color offerings matched with durability and affordability, it really makes them ideal for use in any area of the home.

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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